Ongoing pain from a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury can put a damper on your quality of life and limit your ability to carry out important tasks. Some patients must resort to surgery to find relief, but did you know that for many people, non-invasive options can prevent the need to “go under the knife”? Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment for stubborn injuries that can help Asheville patients to feel better and enjoy life to the fullest.
Shockwave therapy goes by a few different names. It may also be referred to as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®). All such terms refer to the use of low-frequency acoustic waves to instigate a healing response within the body.
Essentially, the therapy increases blood flow to the targeted area. The blood brings with it all the nutrients and other components that are necessary for effective healing of injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
The use of shockwaves in medicine began in the 1960s, and since then, they have become a go-to treatment for many patients who are struggling with issues like frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, and more.
During an EPAT session, our team will apply a gel to your skin at the targeted area. Then, we will use a wand-like device (similar to an ultrasound wand) to begin delivering shockwaves. We will gradually increase the strength of the shockwaves until a therapeutic level is reached, or to a level that you can tolerate without too much difficulty.
Shockwave therapy can be mildly uncomfortable. It may feel like a continual tapping or knocking sensation. However, it should not cause extreme pain. In fact, many patients notice a reduction in pain soon after their first session, though it may take several sessions in order to experience optimum results. Each treatment is likely to take less than 15 minutes.
Some noteworthy benefits of shockwave therapy include:
If you’re struggling with chronic and/or acute discomfort in your muscles and joints, then you’ll likely benefit greatly from Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), otherwise known as shockwave therapy. While this treatment is highly advanced and effective, it’s natural to want to know more about the procedure before committing to anything. That’s why our team has taken the time to collect and answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get about shockwave therapy in Asheville! Read on to learn more or give us a call today if you don’t see the information you’re looking for.
Thanks to our advanced and reliable equipment, many patients claim to immediately experience pain relief after finishing their treatment. However, it can sometimes take about four weeks for some people to begin to feel the results of their procedure. Due to the pressure waves that promote improved blood circulation and stimulate metabolism, the process generally alleviates discomfort and renews your mobility, enhancing your overall well-being. Over 80% of shockwave therapy patients claim to feel pain-free and/or experience drastically reduced pain.
Shockwave therapy is typically used to help people who are struggling with impaired mobility, which also reduces their overall quality of life. The most common areas where acute and/or chronic musculoskeletal discomforts occur and can be addressed by this treatment include:
Since shockwave therapy is a non-invasive EPAT treatment, you won’t have to undergo any surgery to treat your musculoskeletal symptoms. For this reason, you shouldn’t typically expect any risks or experience side effects after your procedure. In some cases, patients have reported feeling minor discomfort after the treatment, which might continue for several days. Even so, any residual pain or soreness from the procedure will be equivalent to what you’d typically experience after intense exercise or a full day of hard work.
The EPAT treatment has a tried and tested success rate that is equal to or beyond that of more traditional methods, including surgery! On top of that, the process doesn’t involve the risks, complications, or lengthy recovery time that usually comes with a more extensive procedure. Other advantages of EPAT over surgical treatments include: