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What is Shockwave or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®)?

Shockwave Therapy (ESWT or ESWL), or high-intensity acoustic pressure wave treatments, have been used in medicine for over 20 years. Shockwave is a well known treatments for kidney stones, breaking up the stones without invasive surgery.

In 2000, the FDA approved the use of shockwave for the treatment of plantar fasciitis and shockwave has found an expanded role in orthopedics. Orthopedic shockwave thereapy, is thought to help disrupt scar tissue, improve circulation and speed up healing and tissue regeneration resulting in a decrease in pain and improved function.

What conditions that can be treated with Shockwave?

  • Tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Jumpers knee/Patella tendinitis
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Muscle pain

Is shockwave covered by insurance?

Insurance typically does not cover EPAT treatment, however, it is offered at an affordable price. You will be provided with an outline of your costs prior to scheduling your treatments.

What are the risks of Shockwave and is it uncomfortable?

Shockwave treatments (EPAT®) are not invasive and have minimal risks or side effects.

In some cases, patients may experience some minor discomfort during or immediately following the procedure. Side effects from EPAT may include minor skin bruising, reddening, and swelling around the treated area, but these symptoms typically resolve within days.

What are the advantages of shockwave treatment?

Shockwave therapy is minimally invasive and may improve pain and function for your injury without the use of needles or surgery.

Shockwave can also be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy.

How often do I have to repeat the treatment?

Shockwave is typically administered every 1 to 2 weeks and patients should typically plan on 3-5 sessions depending on the type of injury and severity. Your treatment plan will be discussed with you after your initial evaluation by your physician.

Why Boston Sports & Biologics?

Here at Boston Sports and Biologics, we offer patients a variety of non-surgical treatments for various musculoskeletal conditions. Most patients will have a diagnostic ultrasound to confirm the injury and the severity. This can be helpful in offering patient a treatment that fits the injury.

We are constantly reviewing the most uptodate evidence on the procedures we perform. Like all medical procedures, shockwave procedures have a success and failure rate. Not all patients will experience the same results, and results may vary based on an individual’s overall condition, severity of the pathology and recovery time.