What is the VersaTron technology?
The VersaTron shock wave - or high-energy sound wave technology - generates sound waves outside of the body, offering a noninvasive treatment option for dogs experiencing lameness and pain. The high-energy sound waves - also called pulses or shock waves - travel through soft tissue at customized depths, reaching a specific treatment area and triggering the body's own repair system. In comparison to ultrasound or lasers, shock waves result in a higher energy output and deeper penetration and have been proven to cut healing time, improve mobility, and relieve pain with 1-3 treatments.
Shock wave can be used as an alternative to surgery, instead of increased NSAID’s or a part of a rehab program. It is beneficial for the following applications in dogs:
- Osteoarthritis (6-12 month improvement and reduced NSAID use)
- Joint Injuries (Hips, elbows and shoulders)
- Chronic back pain/LS disease (90% success rates)
- Non-union or delayed-healing bone fractures
- Tendon/Ligament Injuries
- Chronic Wounds (lick granulomas healed with 2 treatments)
Easy to use
An average treatment is relatively fast and easy, typically 5-10 minutes total. Because we are dealing with sound energy and penetration is deep, the dog will need a short acting, reversible sedation. This is necessary to ensure optimal comfort. Preparation of the treatment area is minimal and requires clipping of the dog’s fur to ensure sound transmission. A conductive gel should be used with the shock wave applicator (trode) and should be moved in a continuous, level movement over the region of interest and the surrounding tissue.
Customized Treatment.5 mm and 20 mm trodes allow shock waves to penetrate to different depths and various energy settings allow for further customization.
Cost-Efficient.Shock wave is a research-validated technology that ensures high efficiency with a low rate of repeat treatments. The device pays for itself with 2-3 treatments a month and multiple indications yield a sound return on investment.
Shock wave is noninvasive so dogs are able to receive treatment with minimal recovery time. While results may appear to be seen immediately, it takes time for the biological responses to take place. It is important that dogs do not take part in strenuous or high-impact activity for a few days so their body may effectively heal. An additional treatment may be needed 2-3 weeks later depending on the indication.
Mechanism of Action
Shock wave aids in healing by stimulating the body’s regeneration process. The shock waves (high-energy waves) work at a cellular level, releasing proteins that accelerate healing. Energy is released as a shock wave at tissue interfaces where the density of the tissue or impedance of the sound waves changes. These changes of impedance occur where soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone meet. The energy released leads to a cellular reaction that causes the release of various substances including BMP-2, eNOS, VEGF, and PCNA. Neovascularization takes place, leading to increased blood supply to the treated tissue, resulting in tissue regeneration in tendons, joints, and bone.