We are excited to announce a new innovative therapy is coming to Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. The new therapy uses Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment or EPAT and is completely noninvasive.

As for what this therapy does and what patients can expect, it’s all in the name. Extracorporeal comes from the Latin roots “extra” meaning outside and “corp” meaning body. Pulse refers to the sound waves that the specialized device emits, which gently stimulate injured tissue to encourage healing. So, the therapy happens completely outside of the body – no needles needed – and uses soundwaves to encourage damaged tissue to heal.

Our tissues, including blood vessels, tendons and ligaments, degenerate over time. This is a natural part of aging, but can be worsened by overuse and repeated stress caused by an active lifestyle or injury. In order to heal properly, our tissues need adequate blood flow. EPAT addresses slow healing by encouraging stronger renewed blood flow to injured tissues.

In addition to being completely noninvasive, EPAT is quick. Sessions last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Typically, EPAT therapy occurs over a series of sessions.

Also, EPAT will not disrupt regenerative therapy. In fact, it can support regenerative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma. Research suggests it may be especially helpful for patients suffering from Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

You can schedule a consultation and appointment for EPAT in our Columbia and North Bethesda offices. Check out the video below, where professional windsurfer Josh Angulo discusses his success with EPAT.