Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for shoulder lameness in dogs

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2015 Jan-Feb;51(1):15-9. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6175. Epub 2014 Nov 21.


The purpose of this article was to describe the outcome of dogs with instability, calcifying, and inflammatory conditions of the shoulder treated with extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). Medical records for 15 dogs with lameness attributable to the shoulder that failed previous conservative management were retrospectively reviewed. ESWT was delivered to those dogs q 3-4 wk for a total of three treatments. Short-term, in-hospital subjective lameness evaluation revealed resolution of lameness in three of nine dogs and improved lameness in six of nine dogs available for evaluation 3-4 wk following the final treatment. Long-term lameness score via telephone interview was either improved or normal in 7 of 11 dogs (64%). ESWT may result in improved function based on subjective patient evaluation and did not have any negative side effects in dogs with lameness attributable to instability, calcifying, and inflammatory conditions of the shoulder.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcinosis / therapy
  • Calcinosis / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Forelimb / pathology*
  • High-Energy Shock Waves / therapeutic use*
  • Inflammation / therapy
  • Inflammation / veterinary*
  • Lameness, Animal / therapy*
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome