Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy

Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy is also called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). Extracorporeal means outside of the body and refers to the method the acoustic waves are applied. Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy involves generation of an acoustic wave that is transmitted through a “trode” which looks similar to an ultrasound probe used in obstetrics.

As the wave travels through the tissue, cells are activated to produce proteins that “turn on” healing. Numerous proteins have been identified following Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy including bone morphogenic protein, which stimulates bone healing. Recent studies have shown that Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies (TPLO) heal faster when treated with Acoustic Shockwave Therapy.

Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy has been shown to activate healing in soft tissues as well, and is used in numerous human disorders, such as plantar fasciitis. Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy has also been used and advocated to treat generalized osteoarthritis (OA). Veterinary studies have shown mixed results regarding the treatment of OA.

Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy takes about five minutes and virtually no negative side effects have been seen or reported. Sedation for your dog is required. The acoustic shock wave devise used in the TPLO study mentioned above is distributed by PulseVet® and is called the VersaTron®. This is the same unit used at Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Rehab.