Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt like all your efforts to improve your health were in vain? Maybe you tried to lose weight, only to pile it back on again. Maybe you tried to quit smoking but keep going back, or perhaps you have committed to exercising more often only to find yourself making excuses to just sit on the couch.
We get it.
But if you’re starting to give up hope on ever getting rid of your foot pain, the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are here to restore your confidence—thanks to new treatment options such as EPAT. Even better, you probably don’t even need surgery!
Indeed, we have treated many patients just like you, who have suffered from acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, by using the most innovative, non-invasive treatments available. With the continuous advancements made in regenerative medicine throughout the past decades, there are many modern and proven treatment solutions for you pain.
So What is EPAT?
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology. This treatment is one of the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment methods approved by the FDA.
EPAT improves your body’s regenerative potential, rather than further damaging an area that has degenerated because of poor blood flow, tissue injury, overuse or weakness. This is done by using acoustic pressure waves to safely increase metabolism and blood flow, and stimulate or enhance the healing of an injury.
Any damaged tissue that may be causing you discomfort will gradually regenerate and begin to heal after the treatment, which induces “microtrauma” to the injury site. This triggers a cascade of natural and beneficial biological reactions, including the release of cytokines and chemokines (which are essential for healing injuries).
In other words, you can think of EPAT as a way of “pressing the start button on healing.”
What Conditions Can Be Treated by EPAT?
EPAT is commonly used in our office to address acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain and/or pain that significantly impairs mobility or quality of life.
Some of these conditions may include:
We usually recommend EPAT for acute injuries as part of first line therapy, since it will allow you to recover faster and return to the activities you love most. It is also recommended for patients coming to us with chronic injuries that have failed to respond to other therapies, and patients who simply want to avoid major downtime during other treatments.
What Does Treatment Look Like?
When you come to our office for your EPAT treatment sessions, we will first apply a cooling gel to the skin over each of the injured areas. We will then expose the affected areas to a series of pulses, which will gradually be increased as tolerated to a therapeutic level during the session.
Treatment is performed in office and usually consists of 3 sessions on a weekly basis. Patients with more chronic injuries may require one or two more sessions, however. And most sessions will last about 10-15 minutes.
EPAT is usually well tolerated and does not typically require the use of any use of anesthesia or nerve blocks.
Many of our patients start to feel the benefits of EPAT after only 3 sessions. Some patients even report getting immediate pain relief after a single session—though for others, it can take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin.
Either way, overall success rates are very high. In fact, EPAT eliminates pain and restores full mobility to more than 80 percent of patients!
But Is It Safe?
Absolutely. EPAT is an FDA-approved technology used around the globe. An extensive amount of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering and optimal quality is used to build each EPAT device. Not to mention all the clinical studies and tests that have confirmed its safety and efficiency.
The bottom line is, when performed by a qualified caregiver, EPAT has virtually no risks or side effects.
Find Advanced Treatments at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
If you have been experiencing foot or ankle pain for a while now, and have put off getting the help you need for fear of what treatment may look like (we know undergoing surgery can be scary), or if you have tried everything under the sun to get rid of your discomfort and haven’t found the results you are looking for, EPAT may be just what you need – and you can find it right here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.
To schedule an appointment at one of our Austin, TX offices (we are located in Westlake Hills and Westgate), simply give us a call at (512) 328-8900 or fill out our request form online to have one of our staff members reach out to you.