What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a device used in human orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology as well as veterinary medicine.

Its main benefits are fast pain relief and restoring mobility. Together with being a non-surgical treatment with minimal need for painkillers makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various conditions causing acute or chronic pain.

Shockwave – despite its name is NOT an electric shock at all. It is a special frequency acoustic (sound) wave that carries high energy to painful areas and can be used to treat specific musculo-skeletal conditions. This energy promotes regeneration of bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

What conditions does Shockwave therapy treat in dogs?

Backed by more than a decade of clinical research, shockwave can be used to decrease lameness, increase mobility and relive pain in dogs with:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon & ligament injuries
  • Wounds
  • Bone fractures
  • Back Pain
  • Shoulder instability
  • Dissolving bladder stones

In fact Shockwave has been used in Human Medicine for over 25 years for non-invasive treatment for urologic and orthopaedic conditions.

What can I expect from Shockwave treatment for my dog?

An average treatment is relatively fast and easy, typically 5-10 mins in total.

Because we’re dealing with sound energy and deep healing, your dog will need a short acting reversible sedation. This is necessary to ensure your dog’s optimal comfort.

The veterinarian will shave/clip your dog so that the sound waves are not interrupted. From there your vet will select the number of pulses for a specific area, apply the trode and deliver the pulses in less than 3 minutes.

What should I know and expect after Shockwave Treatment?

It takes time for the biological response in the body to take effect and begin healing.

Your pet should not take part in any strenuous activity during this period even if they are feeling better.

Healing is not complete so please let your pet rest as much as possible.

Many times ONE treatment is sufficient for long term healing however, depending on the indication your vet may recommend a second or even third treatment.

Is Shockwave therapy different to Laser Therapy?

Yes. Shockwave treatment uses SOUND whereas Laser Therapy uses light energy.

  • Shockwave is FDA approved and is backed by more than 10 years of research in veterinary and human medicine.
  • It creates a higher energy output and penetrates deeper than a laser can. Lasers are most beneficial for superficial indications that require only treatment to a few millimetres in depth.
  • 1-3 treatments provide long lasting healing with shockwave whereas lasers require 10-15 treatments for any given injury. Healing is not proven to be long term using Lasers.
  • There is no risk of burns with sound energy and no adverse effects have been reported.

How much does a shockwave treatment cost?

Shockwave healing is an affordable alternative to surgery and long term use of anti-inflammatory medications and requires significantly less treatments than other modalities.

Treatment starts from $400 which does not include any consultations, medications & other treatments your vet needs to effectively diagnose your dog’s condition.

🐶How do I know if Shockwave therapy is suitable for my dog’s condition?

If your dog has been diagnosed with any of the conditions listed above then shockwave may be one of the recommended treatment options.

👉How to find out? Contact us to organise a full musculo-skeletal examination for your dog with one of our rehabilitation vets. 

We have helped improve the mobility of many hundreds of dogs through our wonderful range of therapies so please feel free to get in touch.

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