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Shock wave Therapy for Dogs
Shock wave Therapy is high-energy sound wave technology
Referred to as “shock wave” for more than a decade now, this technology uses high-energy sound waves – called pulses or shock waves – to stimulate and speed the body’s own healing process. These sound waves release higher energy and result in deeper penetration than an ultrasound or laser, for example. The waves travel through soft tissue at different depths to a specific treatment area and begin healing.
How does it work?
The high-energy sound waves stimulate cells and release healing growth factors in the body that reduce inflammation and swelling, increase blood flow, help bones to form and heal, and enhance wound healing.
What can be treated with Shock Wave technology?
Backed by more than a decade of clinical research, shock wave can be used to reduce lameness, increase mobility, and relieve pain in dogs with:
- Tendon/ligament injuries
- Bone fractures
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Instability
Shock wave is noninvasive so it can be used in these conditions as an alternative to surgery , instead of increased non-steroidal pharmaceuticals, or as part of a rehab plan.
For more information on different indications that can be treated with shock wave, click here.
What can I expect from an average treatment?
An average treatment is relatively fast and easy, typically 5-10 minutes total. Because we are 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 should shave/clip the 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 post-treatment?
It takes time for the biological responses in the body to take effect and begin healing. Your pet should not take part in any strenuous or high-impact activity during this period even if it appears it is feeling better. The healing is not complete, so give your pet some rest. Many times 1 treatment is sufficient for long-term healing, however depending on the indication your vet may recommend a second or third treatment a few weeks apart.
Is this different from laser therapy?
Yes. Shock Wave, or high-energy sound wave therapy, is vastly different from laser therapy:
- Shock wave uses SOUND, whereas laser uses LIGHT energy.
- Shock wave is FDA-approved and is backed by more than 10 years of research in veterinary and human medicine. Please ask your doctors for studies to back up the treatment you are considering!
- Shock wave creates a higher-energy output and penetrates deeper than a laser can. Lasers are mostly beneficial for superficial indications that require a few millimeters in depth.
- 1-3 treatments provide long-lasting healing with shock wave, whereas lasers require 10-15 treatments for any given injury and the healing has not been studied or proven to last long-term.
- There is no risk of burns with sound energy like there is with laser therapy and no protective glasses are needed. In fact, no adverse effects have been reported with shock wave.