Shock Wave Therapy

Charleston Sports Medicine has brought a new form of technology into its office- EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy) but more frequently referenced as Shock Wave.

This technology is the Storz Medical Orthopulse 100, an evidence-backed unit distributed by Curamedix, the American distributor of Storz. Storz is a reputable Swiss company known for the success and evidence found in the trial of their products.

Shock Wave therapy was designed to treat injuries such as Plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendinopathy, lower limb tendinopathy, medial tibial stress, proximal hamstring tendinopathy, critical limb ischemia, rotator cuff tendonitis, tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, bicipital tenosynovitis, and other ailments. Treatment is done by generating acoustic pressure waves through a wand that is applied to the affected area. Shock Wave mildly irritates the body cells without harming them by emitting pulses into the affected area to trigger a metabolic response. This response increases blood flow to the injured area and supplies it with more oxygen to improve healing. The benefits of Shock Wave therapy include a decrease in pain, reduced inflammation, and a faster regeneration of tissue. Shock Wave provides significant to complete relief of the injured area and is an effective alternative to getting surgery (depending on the severity of the case). Physicians can use it to treat new or chronic pain.

Patients should expect treatment to last 15 minutes per session, but time is dependent on the affected area’s size, location, and severity. Significant discomfort is not to be expected during or after the procedure, but light bruising or mild soreness can be present for a few days following treatment. Shock Wave is performed weekly with a minimum expectation of 3 sessions, but patients may need more sessions to achieve optimal relief. Severe cases can require up to 12 sessions; however, each treatment plan is case-dependent based on patient needs.

To schedule your consultation for Shock Wave, call (843) 284-5200.

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), sometimes referred to as ESWT or shock wave therapy, is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA. This proprietary technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.

What disorders can be treated?

Generally, acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain and/or pain that significantly impairs mobility or quality of life, including foot and ankle, lower extremity, upper extremity, back and chest, shoulder, neck, and myofascial trigger points.

Why consider non-invasive EPAT?

EPAT has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods (including surgery) and without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery time.

EPAT is performed in your physician’s office/ clinic; does not require anesthesia; and, requires a minimal amount of time.

Patients can bear weight (i.e. walk) immediately; return to work/normal activities within 24-48 hours; and, resume strenuous activities after 4 weeks.

Interested in finding out more about EPAT and if this treatment could help you? Let’s talk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the expected results?
Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin. The procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.
is it safe?
Yes. This FDA-cleared technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the globe. A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering, and optimal quality have been built into each EPAT device, and extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.
What is the duration of the treatment and how many treatments will I need?
Treatment sessions take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, at least 3 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
What are the possible side effects or complications?
The non-invasive EPAT treatment has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may experience some minor discomfort which may continue for a few days. It is normal to have some residual pain after intense exercise or a full day of work.
What if I have a special health condition?
The safety and effectiveness of the EPAT procedure have not been determined for people with the following health conditions. Your doctor will provide you with information about how these and other conditions might affect the determination to perform the EPAT procedures.

· Malignancies
· DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

How is the treatment performed?
Coupling gel is applied to the treatment area of interest to enhance effectiveness. After these preparations, EPAT pressure waves are released via the applicator moved over the area of interest in a circular motion.

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