"Shock Wave" technology uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate and speed the body's own healing process. The sound waves work by stimulating cells to release healing growth factors in the body that reduce inflammation and swelling, increase blood flow, help bones to form and heal, and enhance wound healing.
Conditions that can be treated with shock wave therapy:
- Tendon/ligament injuries
- Bone fractures
- Back pain
- Shoulder instability
Shock wave treatment requires that the patient be sedated or under a general anesthesia to avoid discomfort during the procedure. Although the length of the treatment is only 5-10 minutes, in order to recover from sedation/anesthesia pets typically remain at the hospital for a few hours and they should be fasted before the procedure. We often combine shock wave treatments with other procedures (dental or surgical) to minimize your pet's exposure to anesthesia. The number for treatments may vary on the condition and response to initial treatment; 1-3 treatments are typical. There are no associated burns with shock wave therapy but in order to achieve full penetration of the sound waves the area being treated must be shaved/clipped. We occasionally see some soreness after treatments and do recommend restricted activity for a short time after the therapy.