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Shock Wave Therapy for Chronic Pain

Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay utilizes two highly effective and advanced medical devices for non-invasive shock wave therapy.

Shock Wave therapy is used to relieve pain by applying a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.

Common conditions that benefit from shock wave therapy are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Neuromas
  • Trigger points

 

High energy vs. Low energy

Both the high energy and low energy devices are highly effective and non-invasive.

The high energy treatment is performed in an outpatient surgical facility or in the office and the full treatment is completed in one visit. This treatment requires the use of anesthesia to provide comfort and tolerance of the high energy levels.

The low energy treatment is performed in our office. Generally this treatment requires 3 visits at weekly intervals, and does not require the use of anesthesia.

Both procedures allow for faster healing (when compared to surgical options), minimal recovery time, no risk of infection, no scarring and high success rates.

 

Frequently asked questions:

What are the possible side effects/ complications?

There are virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may feel some minor discomfort which may continue for a few days. It is normal to have some minor pain after intense exercise or a full day of work.


How is Shock Wave Performed?

Coupling gel is applied to the treatment area to enhance effectiveness. After these preparations, pressure waves are released from the applicator which is moved over the area in a circular motion. The high energy treatment will require the use of anesthesia as well.

 

How many treatments will I need?

The high energy treatment is completed in one session that generally takes 25-30 minutes.

The low energy treatment is generally completed in 3 weekly treatment sessions that take about 15 minutes each. There may be a need on a case by case basis for additional treatments, which will be determined by you and your doctor.

 

 Is Shock Wave covered by insurance?

Neither the high energy nor low energy treatments are covered by insurance.

 

What is the cost?

EPAT is an affordable alternative to invasive surgery, lengthy physical therapy and other costly treatments. Please contact our office for further information.


High Energy Treatment Device (ESWT)         

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Low Energy Treatment Device (EPAT)

 

Click below for a video on the EPAT procedure