What is EPAT?
Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT®) is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method. Approved by the FDA, EPAT is used to treat acute or chronic muscle and tendon pain by stimulating blood circulation and accelerating the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. Patients with heel pain (plantar fasciitis) or other tendon pain, like the Achilles tendon, can benefit from this treatment.
How is EPAT performed?
During the EPAT procedure, the doctor will apply gel to the targeted area and then move the device applicator in circular motions over the area.. The applicator delivers pressure waves into the painful area which gradually regenerates the damaged tissue.
How long does this treatment take?
EPAT treatment sessions last about 15 minutes. Most patients require three sessions performed at weekly intervals in order to achieve their desired results.
What are the results of this EPAT?
After EPAT, some patients may experience immediate pain relief, while for others, it may take up to four weeks before significant relief is achieved. Over 80 percent of patients treated report to be pain-free and/or have significant pain reduction.
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 studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.
Is EPAT covered by insurance?
In most cases, EPAT is not covered by insurance, although some patients may be able to use their employer's Flexible Payment Medical Savings Account to cover this treatment. Patients can also take advantage of our Elective Payment plan to make the EPAT more affordable.
For more information on EPAT, please contact our Long Island foot doctors at Advanced Podiatry today at either our Huntington, Plainview, Manhasset or Maspeth. You may also contact us 24/7 through our Appointment Request Form.