Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) Shockwave (ESWT) Treatment at DPT

At Doctors of Physical Therapy, we’re dedicated to offering our patients the latest and most advanced evidence-based treatment options for their recovery.

As part of our mission to deliver cutting-edge care, we proudly provide the best EPAT Shockwave Scottsdale has to offer for musculoskeletal care.

EPAT Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is an advanced, non-invasive treatment for orthopedic conditions designed to provide relief for patients who are dealing with acute or chronic pain.

If you’re dealing with a musculoskeletal injury and want to make a full recovery faster, EPAT Shockwave is an exciting new treatment option to help you heal better and see results faster than ever before.

What is Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology?

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, or EPAT, is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive shock wave therapy treatment method cleared by the FDA. It is an evidence-based technology platform that utilizes a unique set of proprietary acoustic pressure waves to stimulate metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the body’s natural healing process. Extracorporeal means outside of the body. Using this technology allows us to deliver controlled energy over a highly customizable area from the outside without any needles, incisions or injections.

This technology combined with good physical therapy is a powerhouse and absolute game changer in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Shockwave therapy allows us to target the injured or dysfunctional area to encourage your body to do the work by stimulating a cellular process that enhances growth factor migration and your body’s natural healing cells activity to regenerate the problematic tissue or area.

How Can Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology Help Me?

EPAT Shockwave is an exciting treatment option because it improves tissue healing for an area that has degenerated due to poor blood flow, weakness, or overuse injury. Even better, EPAT Shockwave has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods, without the typical risks, complications, or lengthy recovery times. For this reason, EPAT Shockwave is a popular alternative to treatment methods such as surgery.

When EPAT Shockwave is performed by a qualified healthcare professional, it provides patients experiencing acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain with several benefits including:

  • Acceleration of the body’s natural healing process
  • Improved blood flow and circulation to the treated area
  • Increased soft tissue and joint mobility
  • Stimulation of local metabolism for improved tissue regeneration
  • Treats the source of your pain or injured tissue
  • Treatment success rate of 91% (according to clinical studies)
  • Non-invasive, no risk of infection, and no scarring
  • No anesthesia required, no downtime, and faster healing
  • This treatment has patient satisfaction ratings over 80%

It’s important to know that the benefits of EPAT Shockwave can be enhanced when combined with other treatments in physical therapy, providing you with better, faster results. While physical therapy can treat the root cause and reason for your injury occurring in the first place, EPAT Shockwave treatment can allow for the fastest and best healing of the tissues.

“These treatments have also shown great benefit in reducing recovery time with athletic injuries, helping you get back on the field sooner than ever before. Not only have we seen improvements through faster or immediate reduction of pain, but also accelerated strength gains, which allows us to better address weak areas and help you make a full recovery faster.”

What is An ESWT Treatment Session Like?

  • ESWT is a quick process and usually only takes 10-15 minutes. However, the length will vary depending on your specific situation and what specific issue is being treated.
  • During your treatment, we will apply a gel to your skin of the area being treated. After the gel is applied, we’ll use a handheld applicator to release EPAT waves over the area of pain or dysfunction, as well as the surrounding tissues.
  • From there, the pulses will slowly increase until the optimal energy level for your needs is reached. EPAT Shockwave does not require anesthesia and is well-tolerated in most cases. After your session, you will be able to return to your normal activities immediately without any downtime.
  • The long term beneficial effects of ESWT are often experienced after the first three treatments. In some cases, you may experience immediate pain relief after treatment!

Is EPAT The Best Choice for My Needs?

If you’re experiencing new or stubborn pain related to a musculoskeletal problem, EPAT may be an effective treatment option for you. In fact, over 80% of patients treated with EPAT report to be pain-free or have significant pain reduction after treatment. In addition to helping those who are living with pain, EPAT is also very effective for treating athletes with sport-related injuries.

At DPT, we take your safety seriously. That’s why EPAT is an FDA-cleared technology that, when performed by a qualified healthcare professional, has virtually no side effects or risks such as infection or scarring, which are common with treatments like surgery.

Most importantly, EPAT has undergone extensive clinical studies to confirm its safety and efficacy for our patients, and is currently used by experts all around the world. This makes EPAT one of the safest forms of shock wave therapy Scottsdale has to offer.

Here are some examples of injuries and conditions that can be relieved or improved with EPAT:

Back Pain (Lumbar, Cervical, Thoracic, Sacro-Iliac Joint)

  • Strains/Sprains of the Back
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis

Shoulder Pain

  • Rotator Cuff Strain/Tendinitis
  • Calcific Tendinitis
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Frozen Shoulder aka Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis

Knee Pain

  • Sprain/Strain of Knee
  • Tendinitis (Quad, Hamstrings, Calf)
  • Patellar Tendinitis (“Runner’s Knee or Jumper’s Knee”)
  • ACL/PCL/MCL/LCL Sprain or Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Bone Marrow Edema or Lesion
  • Non-Union Non-Displaced Fractures

Elbow Pain

  • Tendinitis (Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Ligament Sprains (UCL/Tommy John Ligament Injury)
  • Nerve Entrapment

Hand/Wrist Pain

  • Tendinitis of the Wrist (DeQuervain’s)
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hip Pain

  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis

Foot and Ankle Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Non-Union Non-Displaced Fractures

Sports Injuries

TMJ Disorders

If you’re ready to start feeling better with the help of EPAT, call today to schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapy experts and experience the best musculoskeletal care using Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Scottsdale has to offer.