Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)
Heel pain is the most common foot problem presenting in our office. It is often attributed to plantar fascitis. While most heel pain is responsive to conservative therapy including orthotics, strapping, physical therapy, NSAIDS, corticosteroid injections and rest, 10% of patients remain with pain. These patients are faced with the choice of having surgery or living with pain.
An alternative to surgery includes Shockwave Therapy. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy was commonly used by Dr. Brooks with high success rates, but this method was costly and often required anesthesia.
The new technology introduced to the panhandle by Brooks Foot & Ankle Associates is painless, inexpensive and uses the same technology. Swiss made EPAT is used extensively in Europe and Canada. The mode of action during Pulse Therapy is to stimulate chemical processes providing improved blood circluation in the pain regions to promote natural healing.
What does EPAT treat?
Tibialis anterior syndrome
Various chronic tendon insertional pain
Various sports injuries
Painful trigger points
What is the duration of the treament and how many treatments will I need?
Treatment sessions take approximately 5-10 minutes. Generally, 3 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
What are the expected results?
The beneficial effects of EPAT are often experienced after only 3 treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin. The procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction with no reduction of activity.
Is it safe?
Yes. This FDA approved technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the globe. A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering and optimal quality have been built into each EPAT device, and extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy. If performed by a qualified medical professional, EPAT has virtually no risks or side effects.
Is it covered by Insurance?
If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered. However, in most situations, health insurance plans do not provide coverage.