Shock Wave Therapy

Don’t let the title of this new modality in veterinary physical rehabilitation scare you!

The “shockwave” produced is through sound waves and not electricity. The acronym used for this procedure is ESWT, which stands for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. Extracorporeal just means that it is produced outside of the body.

ESWT delivers focused or concentrated energy waves that penetrate tissues deeper than lasers or ultrasound and they stimulate growth factors for tissue regeneration and bone healing. It has even been used to treat nerve pain by decreasing impulses sent to the brain

ESWT is used in a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis /DJD
  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries
  • Delayed Healing or Non Union Fractures
  • Painful Scar Tissue
  • Non-Healing Wounds
  • Spondylosis

The procedure only lasts for about five minutes, depending on the severity of the injury or the condition, but the patient usually needs to be heavily sedated or completely anesthetized for the treatment due to the fact that it can be uncomfortable and it does produce a rather loud sound.


After the patient is sufficiently sedated, the area of concentration is shaved and ultrasonic gel is applied to facilitate penetration of the pulse waves. eswt6

After the procedure, the patient usually makes a quick recovery and can go home the very same day.

We schedule ESWT through our rehabilitation department with Dr. Leslie Eide. Therapy usually consists of three treatments over a three week period of time.

To schedule a consultation, please call our office @ 206-545-4322

For more information about ESWT please visit the PulseVet website.

Posted August 26, 2016 by Animal Surgical in ASOC News with No Comments

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