Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy

Radial and Piezoelectric Shockwave therapy

Shockwave has been used for decades in human medicine. It is used quite frequently in Europe, Asia, and Canada and is now starting to gain popularity in the US for the treatment of many musculoskeletal disorders and pain. It is fairly new to veterinary medicine, however research has been showing great results.

What Is Shockwave and How Can it Help Your Pet?

A shockwave is a pressure wave.  When the wave contacts the patient it creates a mechanical force and bubble in the tissue. This mechanotransduction changes signaling cascades in the tissue leading to:

Improved blood flow

Increased healing

Decreased pain

Recruitment of stem cells

Decreased inflammation

Shockwave Can Help Pets with the Following Conditions:

Tendinopathies (including supraspinatus, biceps, achilles, patellar, or hamstring)


Elbow or hip dysplasia

Cranial cruciate ligament tears

Lumbosacral disease


Avascular necrosis of the femoral head

Osteochondrosis Dissecans

Trigger points in muscles


Lateral epicondylitis

Insertion desmopathy

Chronic back pain

Fibrotic myopathy

Scar Tissue

Reported side effects are rare, but include:

Reddening of the skin

Skin bruising

Petechial hemorrhage

Soreness after treatment

Treating Your Pet with Shockwave:

The type of shockwave offered here at Walking Paws Rehab is non-painful and requires no sedation or anesthesia.

The therapy is administered for three to five treatments at least 3-7 days apart. The effects of shockwave can last up to 6 months.

It is not recommended if you pet has any of the following:


Metabolic bone conditions


Current infections including infectious arthritis

Coagulation disorders or thrombosis

Immune mediated joint disease


An unstable fracture

Ask Your Therapist Today if Shockwave Can Benefit Your Pet

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