Friday, December 20, 2013

Veterinary Highlights: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

Shock wave therapy is an emerging treatment option in orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine. 

Similarly to ultrasound, shock waves are acoustic waves with an extremely high energy peak like ones which occur in the atmosphere after an explosive event such as a lightning strike or a sonic boom.

It is used to stimulate healing of musculoskeletal  problems, soft tissue and bone injuries. Originally used for horses, experimental treatment of dogs began in 1999.

The treatment might be beneficial for conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, chronic back pain, tendon and ligament injuries, cruciate ligament injuries etc.

Most studies show good results but the treatment is still young and the results are not always consistent.

I am particularly curious what it might do for cruciate injuries.

Source article:
Shock wave therapy for lameness

Further reading:
Shock Wave Therapy for Arthritis in Dogs
Shock Wave Therapy For Dogs
2013 International Working Dog Breeding Congress (2): canine sport medicine, a growing discipline!


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  2. This is a good thing for dogs as most dogs are very sensitive to pain medications. Hip Dysplasia is indeed an evil disease that can take out the limbs of your dog. Surgery for hip dysplasia can run in the thousands of dollars. Thanks for sharing!