Veterinary Highlights: Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

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

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

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 about what it might do for cruciate injuries.

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Shock wave therapy for lameness

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