Shockwave therapy is offered by The Animal Medical Center in collaboration with Equine Sport Solutions, our equine sports medicine service. Although most commonly used in our equine patients, we are starting to perform this treatment in our small animal patients as well.
A shock wave is an acoustic (pressure) wave that aims at a specific point within a tissue. The original use of shock waves was in humans to fragment uroliths (kidney stones), and then was expanded to orthopedic applications to stimulate non-union fractures and tendons/ligaments to heal. We are currently using this treatment modality for the following conditions.
- Tendon and ligament injuries: accelerating and improving the healing process
- Wound Healing: antibacterial properties facilitate healing of chronic wounds
- Bone Healing: accelerating healing and improving bone density
- Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease: Alleviating pain/ inflammation and slowing the disease process
Depending on the type and severity of the condition, we recommend a total of three consecutive treatments at 3-4 week intervals.