In the evolving world of cellular therapy, shockwave therapy stands at the forefront as a non-surgical treatment option for those grappling with chronic and acute pain. This innovative therapy, also known as Radial or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT), sends acoustic waves into deeper layers of soft tissue, creating a healing impact that conventional techniques may not reach.
Understanding Radial EPAT Shockwave Therapy
EPAT shockwave therapy is an advanced, non-invasive modality that has demonstrated significant success in treating chronic and acute pain conditions. This therapy employs acoustic waves, which are sent deep into the soft tissues that are beyond the reach of standard techniques.
The therapy is administered using high tech equipment like the Storz Medical D-Actor 200 model, which offers versatility in treating various conditions, ensuring patients receive the most effective therapy for their specific needs.
The Science Behind Shockwave Therapy
EPAT shockwave therapy works by inducing micro-trauma to the targeted areas, accelerating the self-healing process. The intense, short-energy waves travel faster than sound, stimulating the body’s natural healing response.
The therapy has multiple beneficial effects on the body:
- Enhances nutrient and blood flow to injured areas
- Releases muscle tension and trigger points
- Breaks up calcium deposits and scar tissue, aiding tissue repair
- Increases mobility and range of motion
- Reduces inflammation
- Induces an analgesic response that blocks pain sensation
The Process of Radial Shockwave Therapy
Radial Pressure shockwave therapy is typically considered when other conservative measures have been unsuccessful in alleviating pain, but before resorting to surgical or more invasive options.
The process of shockwave therapy involves:
- A comprehensive body assessment to identify problematic areas.
- Application of a special gel to the site of the affected area, which makes the body more receptive to the shock waves.
- Using transmitters to deliver the acoustic sound waves to the deep tissues.
Conditions Treated by Radial Shockwave Therapy
Radial shockwave therapy is effective for soft tissue structures like tendons, muscles, and bones. It is especially beneficial for areas where connective tissue meets the bone, such as ligaments in the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.
EPAt may be applied to the following musculoskeletal conditions:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel pain/spur
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- Jumper’s knee
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Myofascial trigger points
- Scar tissue treatment
- Chronic tendinopathy
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
Frequency and Duration of Therapy Sessions
The number of radial shockwave therapy sessions needed varies from patient to patient. Generally, it takes about 3 to 5 sessions to resolve conditions, but for chronic injuries, it can take up to 10 sessions for healing to fully occur. Each shockwave therapy session lasts for about 20 minutes.
While some patients may begin to feel relief within 72 hours of the first session, it is essential to complete the treatment course for proper and total healing. After the initial visit, a personalized treatment plan is created for the best results.
Who Can Benefit from Radial EPAT Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is not suitable for everyone. It is not recommended for those with a circulatory or nerve disorder, infection, bone tumor, metabolic bone condition, open wounds at the treatment site, pregnant women, and those taking blood thinners.
Costs Associated with Shockwave Therapy
While health insurance carriers do not cover radial shockwave therapy, it remains an affordable option for patients seeking significant improvements in pain management and soft tissue healing.
Radial EPAT shockwave therapy has proven to be a game-changer in the field of cell-based medicine. Its ability to accelerate the body’s natural healing process, coupled with its high success rate, makes it an excellent choice for those suffering from chronic and acute pain.
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