The Effectiveness of EPAT for Lower Back Pain
There have been many studies regarding the different methods of treating patients with lower back pain. Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is one of those methods. In this article, we focused on the effectiveness of the technology as a cure for lower back pain.
Lower back pain, especially chronic lower back pain can sometimes be unbearable because it causes a serious level of pain, possible complications and unwanted side effects. Some side effects could be depression, motor function issues, disabilities and psychological conditions. Back pain also has a negative reputation for being problematic to treat, sometimes requiring surgery or continuous therapy involving powerful medications.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
Pain is regarded as chronic if it lasts beyond three months, beyond the typical body healing period. Lower back pain often involves a joint problem, disc problem and/or inflamed nerve root. Common causes include degenerative disc disease, lumbar herniated disc, deformity and osteoarthritis.
The Use of EPAT as a Solution for Lower Back Pain
EPAT, also known as shockwave therapy, involves sending mechanical vibrations or pulses to the spine in an attempt to enhance blood flow, alleviate pain and rigidity, improve the elasticity of soft tissues and promote healing. Other likely results of the therapy include relaxed muscles, improved spinal movement and better cellular metabolism.
EPAT is a procedure used in many practices including sports medicine, veterinary medicine, orthopedics, urology and physiotherapy. EPAT has incredible benefits, and its adoption in sports is largely due to its effectiveness and quick rate of recovery. It provides significant pain relief and can help to restore mobility.
Furthermore, EPAT is completely non-surgical and removes the need for painkillers. Patients who are dealing with chronic pain and have no other choice but to use opioids (with high chances of addiction and other possibly severe side effects) will find this therapy remarkably beneficial.
According to multiple studies conducted to determine the effectiveness of EPAT, the procedure is one of the efficient non-surgical treatments available for lower back pain. In 2015, the Journal of Physical Therapy Science published a study that evaluated the effects of EPAT on patients dealing with disabilities, depression and pain resulting from chronic back pain. For the study, 30 patients suffering from lower back pain were divided into two groups. One group was treated with EPAT, while the other group went through conservative physiotherapy. The results held noteworthy potentials. Although the two groups experienced significant pain level reductions, the group treated with EPAT had a higher percentage of success in contrast to the group treated with physiotherapy.
The conclusion of this research was that EPAT could be a potent solution for treating back pain and other accompanying conditions like disabilities and depression caused by chronic back pain.
What is the take here?
It is evident that there is scientific proof for the efficacy of this procedure. EPAT is also non-invasive, which makes it an ideal method of treating lower back pain especially when time is of the essence.
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