Shockwave Therapy has been used effectively in both human and veterinary medicine for decades now. During that time, countless studies and clinical uses have shown it to be a unique and indispensable resource for musculoskeletal treatments. While laser therapy can be a useful accompaniment to the overall treatment plan, for many cases shockwave is needed to see truly life changing results.
Shockwave therapy sends high energy soundwaves into injured tissues. The physical stimulus to the cells causes the release of anti-inflammatory, angiogenic, and osteogenic proteins that decrease inflammation, aid in pain relief, and improve tissue and bone healing. Read more on the topic Here.
What can it treat?
According to AAHA, "There are over 20 scientific based treatments for equine and canine indications, including tendon and ligament injuries, bone healing, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and wound healing.
New shockwave devices are quieter and use a more targeted approach to allow treatments to be as innocuous and effective as possible. This has allowed the devices use in veterinary medicine to expand greatly and help more patients.
Does it Shock?
The term "shock" may sound unpleasant, but the more important term is "wave". The device uses soundwaves directed by a rubber pad so there is no electrical shock involved. The treatment does emit a sensation as the high energy soundwaves resonate in targeted tissue. This is usually not painful, but can be uncomfortable under certain circumstances. That is where protocol & expertise is used to ensure the each patient has a tailored treatment plan considering their injury, demeanor and tolerances.
How can this help your companion?
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