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
Recruitment of stem cells
Tendinopathies (including supraspinatus, biceps, achilles, patellar, or hamstring)
Elbow or hip dysplasia
Cranial cruciate ligament tears
Avascular necrosis of the femoral head
Trigger points in muscles
Chronic back pain
Reported side effects are rare, but include:
Reddening of the skin
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