A Range of Options to Meet Your Pet’s Unique Needs
At PAWS on the GO, we offer a variety of technologies that aid in the physical rehabilitation and improved mobility of your pet. The following is a brief overview of different therapeutic options that aim to speed recovery, reduce pain, promote healing, and increase the overall quality of life for your pet. Dr. Goulard has been trained extensively in the use and application of these technologies and personally teaches her staff the proper techniques. There are many options and different variables that go into using these therapies appropriately, so we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment for a comprehensive assessment to determine the appropriate treatment plan for you and your pet.
High Energy Sound Wave Therapy
Also referred to as shock wave therapy or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), this method uses sound waves to trigger the body’s natural repair system and enhance the healing process. At PAWS on the GO, we use VersaTron4Paws technology which emits high-energy sound waves that penetrate soft tissue to reach a targeted treatment area. These sound waves act as a stimulant, spurring cells to release proteins that reduce inflammation and swelling, increase blood flow, and shorten overall recovery time. This modality may be particularly useful to ease osteoarthritis, as well as promote healing of soft tissue and bone conditions.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is used on humans and animals alike to manage pain and to treat a number of acute and chronic conditions. LLLT may also be referred to as “cold laser therapy” or simply “laser therapy.” This non-invasive technique, which is becoming more and more popular in veterinary medicine, works by applying a laser beam to an affected area on your pet. Photons in the laser interact with the cells in the tissue to accelerate processes of repair and recovery. LLLT is also very beneficial for pain management. With each treatment, your pet feels a gentle, soothing sensation. In addition, there are no documented side effects of this therapy.
Ultrasound is not only a diagnostic tool, it’s also a therapeutic modality. This technology uses sound waves outside the range of human hearing (specifically ultrasonic waves) to treat injuries and manage pain. The sound waves are produced by the vibration of crystals in the head of a hand-held wand. These vibrations create energy that passes through the skin to reach the affected area(s). Therapeutic ultrasound is commonly used for tendon injuries and to break down scar tissue.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
NMES involves the use of electrodes placed directly on the skin to stimulate nerves that control muscle function. By stimulating the nerve, the muscle(s) actually contract. NMES is a safe, non-invasive method. It can be used to prevent atrophy, especially in animals who cannot engage muscles that are weak or not yet able to bear weight.
Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology (Assisi Loop)
Nitric oxide (NO) plays a key role in the body’s healing process, and the Assisi Loop maximizes these benefits through the use of targeted electromagnetic pulses. As part of the larger domain known as pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), this technique uses magnetic fields to penetrate injured tissue and stimulate cell repair. The Loop is a relatively new product that’s portable and quite user-friendly. It’s employed primarily to address pain and inflammation and can be used as a primary or adjunct form of treatment.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
This type of therapy transmits an electrical current through electrodes placed directly on the skin. TENS seeks to act as a type of “pain blocker,” sending an onslaught of pulses across the nerves in an attempt to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. From a physical rehabilitation standpoint, TENS can be used post-operatively or to support your pet through a painful condition. It’s also useful in addressing conditions that cause chronic pain.