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Shockwave (EPAT) Therapy

Shockwave (EPAT) Therapy2022-08-31T16:29:14+00:00

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), also known as shockwave therapy, is the most advanced and highly effective treatment method for musculoskeletal conditions.

EPAT/Shockwave Therapy NYC

At Integrative Spine & Sports, our practitioners see a lot of patients for pain. When a huge part of someone’s day is spent doing repetitive movements, those same movements can slowly and unintentionally damage muscle and tissue.

The damage that occurs every day is small and unnoticeable — but it can build up over time. Gradually, the pain gets harder and harder to ignore. The pain that can result from “wear and tear” is called musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal pain is a general term, though. Depending on the situation, it can mean vastly different things.

It is, however, the most accurate way to describe the type of pain that occurs anywhere in the musculoskeletal system (i.e., muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.). Musculoskeletal pain can be easily dismissed as something inevitable — something that comes with old age, so to speak.

And although the correlation between old age and musculoskeletal pain is evident and easy to accept — it doesn’t have to be this way. Believe it or not, there are treatment options to protect ourselves from this “curse of old age”. The answer to musculoskeletal pain is something called EPAT therapy, also known as shockwave therapy. At our practice in New York City, shockwave therapy is a common treatment we recommend to our patients. Continue reading to learn more about this non-invasive treatment option.

What is EPAT therapy?

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), also known as shockwave therapy, is the most advanced and highly effective treatment method for musculoskeletal conditions.

If left untreated, repetitive movements can gradually damage our musculoskeletal system, just like how a knife dulls over time. Someone who is damaging or injuring their body may not feel it immediately, but eventually, all the repetitive stress can take its toll on the body. Little by little, the tissues in our body break down over time.

The body responds to the damage by restoring injured tissue through a regeneration process. But at the rate that people use their bodies, the body often finds it difficult to catch up.

There often isn’t enough time to rest and heal the damaged tissue, so the damage continues to build up. What shockwave therapy does is that it accelerates the tissue regeneration process.

Instead of being forced to take long breaks to give the body time to regenerate tissue, shockwave therapy can help speed up recovery. After just a couple of sessions of shockwave therapy, the body’s tissues can heal completely.

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), also known as shockwave therapy, is the most advanced and highly effective treatment method for musculoskeletal conditions.

If left untreated, repetitive movements can gradually damage our musculoskeletal system, just like how a knife dulls over time. Someone who is damaging or injuring their body may not feel it immediately, but eventually, all the repetitive stress can take its toll on the body. Little by little, the tissues in our body break down over time.

The body responds to the damage by restoring injured tissue through a regeneration process. But at the rate that people use their bodies, the body often finds it difficult to catch up.

There often isn’t enough time to rest and heal the damaged tissue, so the damage continues to build up. What shockwave therapy does is that it accelerates the tissue regeneration process.

Instead of being forced to take long breaks to give the body time to regenerate tissue, shockwave therapy can help speed up recovery. After just a couple of sessions of shockwave therapy, the body’s tissues can heal completely.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

The nickname “shockwave therapy” tells us that the treatment uses shockwaves. But what does that actually mean? And is it safe?

First off — yes, the treatment is safe. Shockwave therapy is a With shockwave therapy:

  • No surgery is needed
  • No anesthesia is required
  • There’s no risk of infection

Shockwaves are “high-energy sound impulses”, which means shockwave therapy works through the use of sound waves.

By releasing these sound waves into the treatment area, the metabolism and blood circulation are improved, which stimulates the body’s self-healing repair mechanism.

Watch Shockwave Therapy in action:

With shockwave therapy, no sharp objects are used and sessions usually last less than 10 minutes. EPAT Therapy is quick, easy, and incredibly effective.

Shockwave (EPAT) Therapy Experts

At Integrative Spine & Sports, shockwave therapy is one of the most common treatment options we recommend to our patients.

For those who may be experiencing pain, contact us today so we can help diagnose the issue and start treatment right away.

You can click here to book a virtual (telehealth) appointment,  click here to send us a message, or call us directly at (212) 362-4742 to book an appointment.

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Treatment or Service FAQ’s

Is shockwave therapy safe?2022-09-22T13:04:01+00:00

Yes, shockwave therapy is very safe. Our experience virtually no side effects from this treatment.

Occasionally, patients may experience some minor discomfort, which can last a few days, but that’s normal especially after intense exercise or a full day of work.

Plus, the FDA has determined EPAT Therapy technology to be safe.

Our practitioners at Integrative Spine & Sports have the right skills and experience to provide you with safe and gentle shockwave therapy.

Is shockwave therapy painful?2022-01-25T16:27:51+00:00

During the treatment, patients will sometimes feel some discomfort in the treatment area, a pain which is often described as “small pulses against the skin”.

Now, the word “shockwave” isn’t exactly the most comforting of medical terms, but shockwave therapy is generally painless.

Does shockwave therapy actually work?2022-01-25T16:27:25+00:00

Yes, it does. And there is a lot of research to back it up. Shockwave therapy can help with:

We’ve treated thousands of patients at our practice, and part of our integrative process is using safe and effective treatment methods like EPAT therapy.

Our patients have had a lot of success with this treatment option, which is why we continue to recommend it.

Our integrative approach focuses on promoting healing, restoring function and alleviating pain.

Our integrative approach focuses on promoting healing, restoring function and alleviating pain.

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