EPAT® Can Help You Feel Better Faster in Jackson, NJ
The orthopedic specialists at Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold, which is located near Jackson, NJ, offer extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT®) for treating chronic pain and inflammation. Also known as shockwave therapy, this FDA-approved, nonsurgical treatment uses low-frequency sound waves to promote the healing of damaged soft tissues by breaking up scar tissue and promoting blood circulation. Additionally, EPAT can trigger soft tissue cells to release certain biochemicals that boost the body’s natural repair processes.
What conditions can be treated with EPAT?
At Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold near Jackson, New Jersey, we may recommend EPAT for addressing chronic pain or inflammation associated with:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Heel spurs
- Trigger points
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow
What does EPAT feel like?
Some people are understandably intimidated by the term “extracorporeal shockwave therapy.” Despite its complex-sounding name, however, EPAT is administered via a relatively simple process. First, a medical professional will apply a coupling gel to the skin in a painful area. Then, he or she will gently glide an EPAT applicator across the skin using slow, circular motions. Some people describe a sensation of being “snapped with a rubber band” as the pulses of energy are emitted from the probe.
Most patients have between three and five EPAT treatments, with each session lasting only a few minutes. While some people report immediate pain relief, it can take up to four weeks to achieve the full results. No anesthesia is required, there is no risk of infection or scarring, and there is no rehabilitation period. Most people don’t have to take time off from work or other activities to recover after receiving this treatment.
Contact Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold to learn more about EPAT or to schedule a personal consultation at our office near Jackson, New Jersey. Many of our patients achieve good results with EPAT, which we generally perform along with physical therapy as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program.