Dear reader: While the subject of this study was pet dogs, dogs are less likely than humans to confuse results with expectations and other biases. Thus, there is higher level of confidence in the objective outcome and its extrapolation to human therapy.
Veterinary Record 2007;160:762-765 doi:10.1136/vr.160.22.762
Effects of radial shockwave therapy on the limb function of dogs with hip osteoarthritis
- M. Mueller, DVM1,
- B. Bockstahler, DVM1,
- M. Skalicky, DTP2,
- E. Mlacnik, DVM3 and
- D. Lorinson, DVM, DECVS4
+ Author Affiliations
- 1 Movement Science Group (Project Group Dog), Department of Companion Animals and Horses, University of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinaerplatz 1, A-1210 Vienna, Austria
- 2 Department of Natural Science, University of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinaerplatz 1, A-1210 Vienna, Austria
- 3 Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Science, University of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinaerplatz 1, A-1210 Vienna, Austria
- 4 Center for Small Animal Surgery, Neulinggasse 32/3, A-1030 Vienna, Austria
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of extracorporeal radial shock wave therapy on the hindlimb function of dogs suffering from hip osteoarthritis. Twenty-four client-owned dogs with hip osteoarthritis were investigated; 18 of them received radial shockwave therapy and six were left untreated as controls. Force plate analysis on a treadmill was used to assess the dogs' hindlimb function before treatment and four weeks after the last treatment, and the treated dogs were re-evaluated three and six months after the treatment. The parameters chosen for evaluation were peak vertical force and vertical impulse, and the calculated symmetry indices. In the treated dogs, differences between the ground reaction forces exerted by the right and left hindlegs disappeared four weeks after the treatment, whereas in the control dogs only the peak vertical force distribution changed significantly. The significant improvement in the treated dogs was confirmed by changes in the symmetry indices. Significant improvements in vertical impulse and peak vertical force were observed three months after the treatment.
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