At Joint Chiropractic, we utilize the Storz Medical D-Actor 200 model to provide comprehensive care to our patients. This cutting-edge equipment offers enhanced versatility in addressing various issues, ensuring that you receive tailored therapy to suit your specific needs.
What is EPAT Therapy?
Also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®), Shockwave Therapy represents a non-invasive procedure that transmits acoustic waves deep into soft tissues that are typically beyond the reach of conventional chiropractic techniques or other tools. It is renowned for its advanced and highly effective treatment potential, boasting a success rate of up to 90% in many cases.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Operate?
EPAT/Shockwave Therapy accelerates or triggers self-healing through micro-trauma. By emitting intense, short-energy waves that travel faster than the speed of sound to affected regions, this technology rekindles the healing process, particularly in cases of delayed, sluggish, or non-responsive injuries.
Shockwave treatment yields several favorable effects on the body:
- Enhances nutrient and blood flow to injured areas.
- Releases trigger points and reduces muscle tension.
- Breaks down calcium deposits and scar tissue, facilitating tissue repair.
- Increases range of motion and mobility.
- Mitigates inflammation.
- Induces an analgesic (pain relief) response that diminishes pain sensation.
What is the Shockwave Therapy Procedure?
EPAT/Shockwave Therapy is typically employed when other chiropractic care techniques have proven ineffective in managing your pain, but prior to considering surgical or more invasive interventions. It is a non-invasive treatment option that offers substantial pain relief.
Step 1: A comprehensive full-body assessment is conducted to identify problematic areas.
Step 2: A specialized gel is applied to the affected area, enhancing your body’s receptiveness to the shockwaves.
Step 3: The transmitters are then used to deliver acoustic sound waves to the deep tissues.
Which Conditions Can EPAT Treat?
This treatment modality is particularly effective for soft tissue structures, including tendons, muscles, and bones, especially in areas where connective tissue interfaces with bone, such as ligaments in the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.
Given its capability to reach and heal these regions, EPAT/Shockwave Therapy can significantly alleviate pain and effectively address numerous musculoskeletal conditions, including but not limited to:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain/spur
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- Jumper’s knee
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Myofascial trigger points
- Scar tissue treatment
- Chronic tendinopathy
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
How Many EPAT/Shockwave Therapy Sessions Are Required?
Generally, Shockwave Therapy typically entails 3 to 5 sessions to resolve conditions. In cases of chronic injuries, healing may take up to 10 sessions. Each Shockwave Therapy session lasts approximately 5 minutes. The frequency and duration of treatment will vary based on the extent of your injury or discomfort.
While some individuals may experience noticeable relief within 72 hours of the initial session, it is imperative to complete the full treatment plan for optimal and comprehensive healing. Following your initial visit, we will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
It is essential to note that Shockwave therapy may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with circulatory or nerve disorders, infections, bone tumors or metabolic bone conditions, open wounds at the treatment site, pregnant individuals, and those taking blood thinners.
How Much Does EPAT Therapy Cost?
Shockwave Therapy offers an effective and affordable approach to expedite soft tissue healing and significantly alleviate chronic conditions and pain. Although this treatment may not currently meet the coverage criteria of major health insurance providers, we have made sessions affordable for our patients at Joint Chiropractic. With Shockwave Therapy, you can potentially achieve long-term savings compared to meeting an insurance deductible or making multiple co-pays for physical therapy. We are more than happy to discuss whether this treatment is suitable for you, provide information on session costs, and outline our payment options.
For any additional inquiries regarding Shockwave Therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how Shockwave Therapy can help you regain your best quality of life.