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Features March 2015 Issue

An Out-of-Body Experience  to Fix a Dog’s Shoulder

This dog is getting extracorporeal shockwave therapy for shoulder pain.

An Out-of-Body Experience to Fix a Dog’s Shoulder

New, non-invasive therapy shows great results.

You’ve no doubt heard the term “rotator cuff.” It applies to dogs as well as people and refers to the fact that the shoulder joint is supported by a cuff of muscles. If those muscles are torn, stretched, or otherwise compromised, moving the shoulder can cause great pain. And fixing the problem requires patience. In a person, for example, wearing a sling might be required for weeks to months, especially if there has been surgery to repair the injured muscle. The patient may not even be allowed to lift a glass of water because the muscle tissue, still weak, can tear all over again.

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