Shockwave in Canine Rehabilitation

Veterinary Shockwave Treatment in Pets

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary 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. The energy promotes regeneration of bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

We Use Shockwave for

Treating patients with hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, non- or delayed healing bone fractures, back pain, and chronic or non-healing wounds.Shockwave in Canine Rehabilitation

Just recently we have used Shockwave therapy for dissolving large bladder stones in a dog. (They use it for dissolving kidney stones in humans too.)

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

In this case it meant we could successfully avoid invasive surgery for our canine patient.

Treatment Protocols and Schedules

Because Shockwave treatments are loud and can be uncomfortable – the patient is sedated or under full anaesthesia.

The pain relief effects usually happen within 24 hours and we often already see improvements in our patients even after a single treatment.

Most of the time however, treatment is carried out at intervals over a specific time period.

Shockwave for musculo-skeletal injuries and conditions is always most effective when part of an overall rehabilitation treatment program.

Shockwave for Horses

Shockwave therapy is not just limited to our smaller patients. We also use it in horses for treating similar conditions.

It has been an accepted treatment modality for musculo-skeletal injuries,osteoarthritis (OA), and wound healing in horses for quite some time.

In our practice Shockwave therapy is just one option of many for the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions in pets, horses and other farm animals.

If you want to find out whether shockwave therapy might be a suitable treatment for your pet’s painful condition – please get in touch via email.

How do we determine whether Shockwave is suitable for your Pet?

We always start with a full Rehabilitation Assessment with one of our Vets certified in Canine Rehabilitation. This includes a full musculo-skeletal exam and possible imaging of the affected area.

Equine Rehabilitation

Has Your Horse been Lame for a While?

Why You Should Consider a Musculoskeletal AssessmentEquine Rehabilitation

Your horse going lame is one of the more frustrating things that can happen, especially if you have a weekend of riding planned with your friends or a competition you’re training for.

Horses can go lame for many reasons, and often getting to the bottom of it can be a time consuming and costly procedure.

Start with Expert Advice

If your horse has been lame for a few days, often times the diagnosis can be as simple as a hoof abscess or similar, and we can provide treatment and advice in a short period of time. If your horse has been lame or “not quite right” for an extended period, then the answer may take longer to present itself.

Here at TVP Equine we have the advantage of having veterinarians who have expertise and certification in:

  • Equine rehabilitationEquine Lameness
  • Myofascial assessment
  • Acupuncture
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Podiatry and
  • Adjunctive pain control

What is an Equine Musculoskeletal Assessment?

An Equine Musculoskeletal Assessment can be thought of as an extended lameness examination.

What we do:

  1. We examine your horse at rest to assess muscling – posture – conformation and dentition. These things are very important in highlighting where our concern may be.
  2. We assess each joint from your horse’s jaw to his tail – looking for their range of motion (how well they move) and any pain or restriction that may be present.
  3. We assess the muscles and fascia involving these joints looking for pain –  spasm – atrophy (loss of muscle) or other abnormalities that may affect the way your horse performs or feels.
  4. We assess how your horse moves – either on a lunge or under saddle. Your horses gait and even their behaviour when being ridden can help us determine what may be going on. We can even assess your saddle and tack to see if maybe these are contributing to your problems.

Further diagnostics may be required – these include nerve blocks to try and localise a lameness – X-Rays – Thermal imaging or even Ultrasound.

At this point we may have been working on your horse for close on an hour.

The Next Step

Lameness and poor performance is complicated. Sometimes the primary problem may be in your horses’ hind leg, but this can cause pain and problems in your horses’ spine also. We may discuss further work that needs to be done in relation to his hind leg – this may for example be x-rays. However, we can do things during our initial visit to help the pain in his spine.Horse Rehabilitation

Our trained veterinarians can perform joint mobilisations on your horses’ spine (or other joints) to free them from pain and spasm. Joint mobilisations are similar to chiropractic treatments however they involve less intensity.

We can also do kinesiology taping, such as RockTape. RockTape helps to reduce swelling, alleviate pain and spasm and facilitate normal movement within muscles or joints. This can be done in conjunction with some light massage and even myofascial release.

Want to Keep Your Horse at Peak Performance?

Give us a call on (03) 9716 2495 to arrange a visit (Weekdays) or email the TVPEquine Team at: [email protected]