EPAT is the most advanced non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment is a new way to conquer chronic heel pain. Pressure waves stimulate the metabolism, enhance circulation and accelerate the healing process without surgery. Damaged tissue of the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon gradually regenerates and eventually heals. Here are the top 16 frequently asked questions about EPAT.

The Top 16 FAQ's About EPAT Therapy for Heel Pain

1. What Is EPAT?

  • EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology. It is a highly effective, non-invasive, office based treatment method that accelerates healing of injured tissues.

2. How Does EPAT Work?

  • The treatment utilizes a unique set of acoustic pressure waves that are delivered through the body and focused on the site of pain or injury. Using a special applicator, these pressure waves stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process.

3. How is the Treatment Performed?

  • Ultrasound gel is applied over the skin of the treatment area to enhance the transmission of the pressure waves. The pressure waves are applied using a special applicator tip. The tip is moved over the injured tissue using circular motions.

4. How Long Does the Treatment Take and How Many Treatments are Required?

  • Treatment sessions take approximately 15 minutes per site and vary slightly depending on the site to be treated. Generally 3 treatment sessions are necessary and are performed on a weekly interval. If you are improving, but not completely better, up to 5 treatments can be performed.

5. What Conditions Can Be Treated With EPAT?

  • EPAT can be used to treat many painful soft tissue injuries. Including: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tendon insertional pain, acute and chronic muscle pain, and myofascial trigger points.

6. Is EPAT Safe?

  • EPAT is a safe treatment with virtually no side effects. It was originally developed in Europe, and it is currently used around the world.

7. Is EPAT Safe for Pregnant Patients?

  • EPAT is a safe treatment, but has never been tested on pregnant patients. Patients are advised to wait at least 3 months post partum before treatment, as many foot pains subside after weight loss and hormonal equilibrium is reached.

8. Is EPAT FDA Approved?

  • Yes, the EPAT machine is FDA cleared for usage.

9. What are the Expected Results?

  • Most people will experience pain relief after 3 treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first treatment, but maximum relief can take up to four weeks after the last treatment to begin. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free or have significant pain reduction.

10. Are There Any Special Aftercare Instructions?

  • All patients receiving EPAT therapy should be off all anti-inflammatory medication for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the procedure and 4 weeks after. This includes common over the counter medication such as, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin. Your doctor will provide you with detailed after care instructions.

11. What are the Possible Side-Effects or Complications?

  • EPAT is a non-invasive treatment and has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases patients may experience some minor discomfort which may continue for a few days. On rare occasion, the skin may become bruised or red after the treatment.

12. Who Should not Have EPAT?

  • EPAT should not be used in people who have deep venous thrombosis or malignancy. It is also best to avoid the procedure if you are taking blood thinners.

13. Why Consider EPAT?

  • EPAT has a proven success rate equal to or better than traditional treatment methods (including surgery) without the risks or lengthy recovery time. It is performed in your physician's office without the need for anesthesia.

14. Does My Insurance Pay For EPAT?

  • No, unfortunately insurance companies do not cover EPAT. However, the cost of EPAT can be reimbursed from a qualified health savings account in some cases. Non-covered services and/or procedures without billable terminology are paid to the office by the patient at the time of service; a claim will not be submitted to the insurance, though our office can provide receipts for reimbursement accounts to consider.

15. How Much Does it Cost?

  • EPAT is an affordable alternative to invasive surgery, lengthy physical therapy and other costly treatments. The first 3 treatments are bundled at a cost of $500 for the procedure, but you are still responsible for any co-pays or costs associated with the initial and/or any follow up office visit. If a 4th or 5th treatments are deemed necessary, these cost $150 per treatment.

16. How Can I Get More Information About EPAT?

  • The physicians at FAANT all have experience with EPAT treatment and are the best people to speak with if you have additional questions regarding the procedure. Call us at 817-416-6155 or contact us for more information. Click here to request an appointment.

There is also much more extensive information available at www.curamedix.com


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Alex 03/01/2011 08:16 PM
Wow! What a great technology! So many runners have such problems with chronic heel pain. I'm glad your office has kept up with new technology!
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Gabriela 03/07/2011 02:57 AM
Hi, Yes I have heard of this Heel pain treatment from one of my office colleague. She said that the treatment is very safe as well as effective. Thanks for sharing info on EPAT. Really appreciate!
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ultrasound gel 07/10/2011 05:59 AM
Ultrasound gel is applied to the skin at the treatment area to enhance the transmission of pressure waves. The pressure waves are applied using a special applicator tip. The tip is moved over the injured tissue using a circular motion. Thumbs up, thanks
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Heel Pain 05/16/2012 05:14 AM
I found it very informative and suggested the treatment to my friend who is suffering form heal pain.
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Kathy 09/22/2014 09:28 AM
Why will insurance not cover this procedure? Looks like it would save them money in the long run.
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Giovana Correia 07/22/2015 04:58 PM
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