3 Hot New Technologies to Treat Sports Injuries and Foot Pain for Quicker Recovery Times
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, January 10th, 2014
No one likes getting benched with injury, and no one understands the emotional pain of injured athletes better than Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “Being an athlete my whole life and having treated over 40,000 sports injuries, I know how important it is for my patients to regain an active lifestyle as quickly as possible after an injury,” he says.
The doctors in his New York City practice are constantly researching the most effective medical devices and surgical procedures to help active patients. This article covers a few of these hot new technologies to get athletes back to the game sooner rather than later.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)
Dr. Geldwert has been using the EPAT machine for the treatment of plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonits for over 3 years. This technology is an FDA-approved, non-invasive method of delivering pressure waves that stimulate the body’s own metabolism, circulation, and healing. Treatments take just 15 minutes, with a three-week session necessary for most ailments. According to manufacturer trials, 80% of patients report to be “pain-free” or at least experience a “significant reduction in pain” within a month of completing their treatments. We have seen tremendous results from the EPAT machine here in our NY podiatry practice.
Multiwave Locked System Laser (MLS)
Dr. Geldwert has been using the MLS laser for tendon, muscle, and joint pain for over two years with great success. Like other laser therapies, the MLS laser harnesses energy waves to generate simultaneous anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. What makes the MLS laser special is its super pulsed power and ability to speed up the body’s natural recovery substantially. The effectiveness of laser treatment is backed by over 4,000 clinical studies and is used on 80% of the NHL teams.
Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue (FAST)
Over the past year, Dr. Geldwert has been using the FAST procedure with a guided ultrasonic debrider to help resolve chronic achilles tendonitis. An injury like that can easily send a golfer, tennis player, or other professional athlete to the bench for a year. But thanks to the FAST procedure, athletes are able to get back to the game within a matter of months.
The 10-minute procedure is done using a localized anesthetic and allows patients to walk out of the office and back to work the same day. After using ultrasound imaging to identify scar tissue, the surgeon makes a very small incision and removes damaged tissue with a debrider that delivers ultrasonic energy designed to cut, break up, and remove injured tissue quickly, without disturbing surrounding healthy tissue. The micro-incision is then bandaged for a speedy one to two month recovery. This procedure is an excellent alternative to open surgery, which carries added risks of bleeding, vulnerability to infection, scarring, and longer recovery times.
For the latest techniques in podiatry and sports injuries medicine, visit Dr. Geldwert in Manhattan or White Plains.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.