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.
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.