EPAT – A Innovative Treatment That Can Promote Injury Healing in Freehold, NJ
EPAT (extracorpeal pulse activation treatment) is an advanced, noninvasive therapy that relies on the focused use of shock waves to stimulate blood circulation and promote the body’s natural repair processes. The sports medicine physicians at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, are highly skilled and experienced in customizing the use of EPAT to accelerate the healing of a variety of sports-related injuries, including tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, frozen shoulder, and stress fractures.
For certain individuals, extracorpeal pulse activation treatment can be an effective alternative to corticosteroid injections and surgery. This is significant because EPAT is performed on an outpatient basis and has a relatively low risk of complications, as well as a minimal recovery time.
EPAT is a relatively simple and straightforward process that can be performed at our state-of-the-art sports medicine center in Freehold, New Jersey. Most treatment sessions involve these steps:
- A medical professional applies a coupling gel to the treatment area. Because sound waves travel smoothly through watery substances, this can help maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Low-frequency acoustic sound waves are released through an EPAT applicator while the practitioner gently guides the applicator in circular motions over the injury site.
- The pulsing shock waves can cause a microscopic biologic response that stimulates the release of growth factors and simultaneously decreases inflammation.
- After the session is completed, the patient can return to his or her regular activities immediately.
Each treatment session takes approximately 15 minutes. Many patients have three treatments scheduled at weekly intervals. Some of the effects of EPAT may be apparent right away, but it can take several weeks before a patient experiences meaningful pain relief.
EPAT is generating a lot of interest among athletes and other active individuals – and for good reason. If you’d like to learn more about this potentially effective treatment for sports-related injuries, contact New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ.