Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)
Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT), commonly known as shockwave therapy, is an FDA-approved non-invasive method for treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Current peer-reviewed studies show that EPAT is an efficacious treatment method for reducing pain as well as improving function.
EPAT works by the application of pulsating low frequency sounds waves to damaged tissues in order to trigger the body's innate healing capability, as well as increase circulation to injured tissues. Involved in this process are cascades of serum proteins, growth factors, and potentially even circulating stem cells all working in unison.
the EPAT Procedure
EPAT treatment sessions are generally 10-15 minutes in length, done at weekly intervals over a 4-6 week period. Treatment will vary depending on the specific injury and the severity. The device is hand-held and applies pulses directly to the injured area, which may result in mild discomfort but is generally well-tolerated. EPAT is a very safe procedure that offers virtually no risk to the patient.