Shockwave Therapy at New Jersey Sports Medicine – An Option in Freehold, NJ, for Pain Relief and Enhanced Mobility
A breakthrough in regenerative medicine, shockwave therapy is an FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment for chronic pain. Also known as extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT®), this advanced outpatient technique can be used in many physical therapy applications. Specifically, the sports medicine specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine Freehold, NJ, use shockwave therapy to address a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, primarily those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
Shockwave therapy is similar in principle to therapeutic ultrasound therapy, but uses a higher-pressure amplitude and a series of high-energy acoustic pulses instead of oscillating waves of energy. Using a special applicator attached to an EPAT machine, a therapist can focus the pulses on an area of pain, injury, or damaged tissue. The goal is to cause localized microtrauma which, in turn, can promote blood circulation, break down calcifications, and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.
The sports medicine specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, New Jersey, may recommend shockwave therapy to help alleviate chronic pain resulting from:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Patellar tendinitis (jumper’s knee)
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Achilles tendinitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Stress fractures
- Morton’s neuroma
Each treatment session lasts approximately 15 minutes, and many patients return to work and other daily activities afterward. While some pain relief may be felt right away, it can take up to several weeks for EPAT to produce meaningful symptom improvement.
At New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, many of our patients experience positive results with shockwave therapy, and some are ultimately able to avoid surgery as a result. In general, we perform EPAT with diagnostic ultrasound guidance as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Contact us to learn more.