EPAT, or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, has been shown to be a safe, effective method of reducing pain associated with heel spurs.
In a single-blind randomized study to evaluate the efficacy of EPAT in treating calcaneal bone spurs, or heel spurs, patients reported a significant reduction in pain scores. In addition, sonography performed one month post treatment demonstrated reduction in the inflammation of the tendon including structural changes at the site of the spur. 1
A German study delved into one year follow-up evaluations which revealed very positive results in using EPAT treatments to treat painful calcaneal spurs. If you include both “pain-free” and “improved” patient categories, the study depicts 85 percent patient satisfaction one year out from treatment. 2
I have personally seen great results, mirroring the above success rate, when treating heel spur pain in my nearly two years of experience providing EPAT treatment at Robbins Rehabilitation East in Lebanon, NJ. In addition to treating heel spurs, EPAT is also great for treating a long list of other injuries which you can read more about HERE. A session typically takes 5-10 minutes per spur and will consist of 4 treatment sessions performed once per week. We charge a competitive rate of $650 which covers all four treatments.
- Perlick L, Boxberg W, Giebel G. “Hochenergetische Stosswellenbehandlung des schmerzhaften Fersensporns,” Unfallchirurg 1998 Dec;101(12):914-8 22.
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