Have you heard of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) or Extracorporeal pulse activation therapy (EPAT)?
The mechanical effect of ESWT creates air bubbles in the fluids of tissue. The bubbles expand and burst creating shearing forces. The shearing forces cause cell changes. The cellular changes are ones that promote healing and tissue growth. Pretty amazing!
When patients decide to have the treatment, it can be painful. The treatment has side effects. There can be bruising, skin redness, little blood blisters. It’s very rare, but it can cause nerve and blood vessel damage. Geez, that doesn’t sound too good, does it?!! Still, there are many people who swear by the treatment. And, the listed side effects are rare.
At Laurel Foot & Ankle and Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle, we don’t do ESWT. We have many other ways (that we think are better) to treat the pain and dysfunction you are experiencing. But, we thought you might find this interesting.
Contact our offices Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle Associatesand schedule an appointment today.
To learn more about EPAT, the revolutionary, non-invasive, FDA approved, and highly effective treatment for your feet, go to Heel Pain Institute of America or Laurel Foot & Ankle Center or Northern Foot & Ankle Associates.