Radial Shockwave Therapy
What is it?
Radial pressure wave therapy (called “Shockwave”) has been used in dogs, horses, and cats to treat chronic soft tissue injuries, chronic pain conditions, and specific tendinopathies. Managing chronic pain in companion animals can be challenging, especially when the animal cannot tolerate long term nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Radial pressure wave therapy provides a way to reduce chronic pain and improve the repair response.
Dr. Mills has been using her shockwave machine in her practice since 2015, and has seen incredible success in a variety of patient types for a variety of issues. From horses with tendon pain to dogs with hip pain, the shockwave therapy is a non-invasive therapy that is tolerated well by most animals. It can be used as an add-on to an acupuncture/ chiropractic treatment, or as a standalone therapy.
The Mills Vet technicians are highly trained in administering shockwave therapies for dogs and horses.
Which Animals are a good candidate?
Athlete and competition animals with slight lameness, before or after a show
Geriatric animals with general hind-end stiffness
Dogs recovering from TPLO surgeries, or showing symptoms of partial ligament tears
Dr. Mills’ Practical Clinical Trial
In 2018, Dr. Mills submitted an abstract on shock wave therapy for small animals using the MP100 Elite unit to the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (IAVRPT). Her abstract was selected for presentation, and her Practical Clinical Trial for “The use of radial pressure wave therapy to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain in dogs”. In summary, her findings were that radial pressure wave therapy is a useful non-invasive tool to for managing chronic pain conditions and specific tendinopathies in dogs. The therapy was well tolerated by most un-sedated dogs.