What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Florida (EPAT)?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is an innovative highly effective and non-invasive treatment for many orthopedic disorders of muscle and tendon. EPAT treatment belongs to the new type of treatments called regenerative orthopedics.
Why is EPAT considered a biological treatment?
EPAT therapy promotes self-tissue healing (tissue regeneration) on a cellular level through activation of the body’s own healing responses on a cellular level.
What kind of energy is used in EPAT Florida?
EPAT uses acoustic or mechanical energy to treat diseased tissues in musculoskeletal system.
– The strong mechanical pulse exerts pressure and a tension force on the afflicted tissues (damaged cells). The mechanical or acoustic signal is transduced within the cell into a biochemical signal. This creates an increase in cell membrane permeability which promotes new localized capillary (blood vessel) regeneration. This is achieved by a cellular response of the release of special enzymes called growth factors which are the main precursors of tissue healing.
– EPAT can remodel damaged tissues by altering tissue plasticity.
– EPAT breaks down pathological deposits of calcium in the soft tissues, which is followed by the absorption of the calcium. An excessive deposit of calcium in soft tissue is believed to be the underlying pathological condition for many types of musculoskeletal pain (e.g. painful shoulder tendonosis/tendinitis).
– EPAT stimulates osteoblast activity (bone cells) which is responsible for healing and new bone growth.
In summation, the waves that are transmitted through the surface of the skin are spread into the body and the body responds with increased metabolic activity around the area of the pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process and is especially useful for those suffering from chronic heel, shoulder, knee (patellar tendon), Achilles, elbow, neck and back pain.