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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2007

Authors: Bockstahler, B; Muller, M; Hittmair, KM

Title: Extracorporeal radial shock wave therapy in dogs with tendinopathies: 3 case studies on a new treatment form.

Source: Wien Tierarztl Monatsschr (94), 9-10 236-242.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Bockstahler Barbara
Hittmair Katharina
Mucha Marion

Vetmed Research Units
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Diagnostic Imaging
University Equine Clinic, Clinical Unit of Equine Surgery
Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Introduction Tendinopathies in dogs often affect the bicipital and supraspinatus muscles. Diagnoses are made by clinical, radiological, and ultrasonographic examinations. Dogs are treated conservatively with anti-inflammatory drugs, infiltration into the tendon sheath, injection into the joint using steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or surgically performing tenotomy or tenodesis. Extracorporeal radial shock wave therapy (ESWT) in dogs has recently become a common treatment form in musculoskeletal injuries. 3 dogs with tendinopathies in the shoulder area were treated with ESWT Ground reaction forces were measured before and after therapy to evaluate the treatment. Material and methods 3 dogs with front limb lameness due to tendinopathies of the bicipital and supraspinatus muscle were treated with ESWT 3 times at a weekly interval. Treatment evaluation was determined by force plate measurements on a treadmill. 3 measurements (peak vertical force, mean vertical force, and vertical impulse) were used to calculate the symmetry factor. Results Statistical evaluation of the measurements showed a distinct improvement of the symmetry factors during treatment. The dogs also improved clinically and the lameness resolved. One dog was rechecked 1 year later and showed only minimal radiographic and ultrasonographic lesions. Conclusion ESWT may be used as an alternative therapy to conservative treatments or surgical interventions in tendinopathies.

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