Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Also known as “Extracorporeal shockwave therapy” or “extracorporeal pulse activation treatment” (EPAT)

Low intensity shockwave therapy is a holistic, non-invasive modality that is used in our office for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and neuroma.  Shockwave is an inflammatory treatment that increases the body’s ability to “self-heal” by increasing the body’s endorphin production and increasing circulatory perfusion.  We describe to our patients how shockwave produces “good inflammation”, unlike the bad inflammation associated with their neuroma and heel pain.  Because shockwave is inflammatory, the patient is told not to take any anti-inflammatory medications, use ice, or receive a cortisone injection, as they all diminish the effectiveness of the shockwave treatment.

  • EPAT uses controlled, targeted pulses of acoustic energy delivered to the painful area to stimulate the body to increase natural healing efforts
  • Circulation increases, bringing nutrients and repair cells to the damaged tissues
  • Over-stimulates the nerves sending pain signals, temporarily shutting them down and providing immediate relief
  • Increases endorphin production
  • Can help repair damaged tissue without surgery
  • No side effects
  • Half the people who undergo a single Shockwave therapy achieve 90-100% pain relief; the other half require multiple therapies

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