Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a modality that is used for degenerative joint disease and healing. Shock waves are pressure waves, which are delivered to injured tissue and joints through a trode. When they enter tissue, those waves initiate healing and improve joint health. This is one of the only modalities we have that actually has the potential to reverse joint disease and improve joint health.
In addition, ESWT has been used extensively in human medicine for burn wounds and other serious skin injuries. This modality can also be used for animals to speed healing of both new and old, non-healing wounds. This system uses a higher energy output that allows for deeper penetration and faster wound healing.
ESWT is slightly uncomfortable during administration, so we typically use sedation to prevent any discomfort an animal may feel during application of the modality.