Joy, our Border Collie puppy, injured her left rib cage, resulting in a large hematoma behind her front leg. Her primary veterinarian, Dr. Betsy Gray placed a drain in the area and then as healing began to take place, I took her to Mountainside Veterinary Rehabilitation. Dr. Carlson began Integrative Medicine involving acupuncture, chiropractic and stretching exercises to assist Joy in her healing so that the injury would not inhibit her ability to fully extend and utilize her left leg. Joy is now in herding training and is fully healed with no evidence of her previous injury.
Shockwave uses sound waves that oscillate creating a direct mechanical force that results in the maximal beneficial pulse energy producing tensile force. The second phase creates air bubbles that generate a second wave of shockwaves. The resulting energy also stimulates a biologic response, an indirect effect. This unit is a radial shockwave unit that does not require anesthesia or sedation for treatment. This differs from focused shockwave as focused can penetrate 80mm with a small field of treatment and radial can penetrate 40mm and has a larger field of treatment. It can help with blood flow, repair of tissue, neurologic control, skeletal stem cell recruitement and inhibits inflammation. This is used for treatment of: nonunion fractures, avascular necrosis, stress fractures and ligament/tendon injuries among other uses.