Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Could shockwave help your dog?

Could shockwave help your dog?

Shockwave therapy is a specialist treatment for chronic and painful musculoskeletal conditions. It is a procedure where (non-painful) acoustic shockwaves are passed through the skin to the injured area using a special device.

This targets the area to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities by triggering its own repair mechanisms, including increasing blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation and the release of healing growth factors.

This can speed healing and help with long-term improvement in chronic conditions and chronic pain for 6-12 months, improving mobility and quality of life.

How is the treatment performed?
The shockwave treatment is performed in the consult room with a probe or “wand”. You can be with your pet the whole time. We wet the area, add a little gel to ensure good contact between the probe and the target area, and then move the probe over the area for a fixed amount of time. Its not sore, but it may feel a little odd at first. The machine is quite noisy, so we will make sure your pet gets used to that before we start the treatment, and we have a lovely selection of ear muffs for them to try on! It all takes a few minutes, and they can be rewarded with a lovely treat!

What should I expect after treatment?
There is often an initial pain-relieving action from the shockwave therapy, and after this wears off, your pet may be a little achy for a couple of days. The true effect takes longer and may not be seen for the first 2 or 3 treatments. We advise a rest day or 2 after each treatment to allow the treated tissues to settle down.

Shockwave can be used for:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon and Ligament injury
  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder instability
  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia
  • Spondylosis

Shockwave is noninvasive, so that it can be used in these conditions alongside your care program provided by your veterinary surgeon as part of your pet’s pain management and rehab plan.
Shockwave is backed by more than 10 years of veterinary and human medicine research.
Interested? Speak to our team on 02890 453936 or email info@vetrehabni.co.uk