Call for dogs with unilateral cranial cruciate ligament


Study Title: 

Clinical Assessment of Shock Wave Therapy after Knee Surgery in Dogs


Animals of Interest: 

Dogs with unilateral cranial cruciate ligament tears 

Ages: 1-10 years of age

Body Weight: approximately 40-90 pounds


Description of Study:

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) is a commonly performed surgical procedure used to stabilize a dog's knee following rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament.  Post operative pain is typically controlled with intravenous and oral pain medications.  Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a novel therapeutic modality which uses sound waves of high pressure and high velocity to provide short and long term pain relief, improved vascularization, and faster healing. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinical effects of ESWT after knee surgery in dogs. We hypothesize that ESWT after knee surgery will lead to improvement in limb use, a decrease in pain score, and result in greater knee joint range of motion compared to control animals. If beneficial effects are seen, this modality may be integrated into standard multimodal pain control after orthopedic surgery in dogs and provide an alternative to daily medication administration in the post operative period.


What will the owner receive:

Dogs will need to have surgery (TPLO) performed at LSU and will need to return to LSU for followup appointments at 2 and 8 weeks after surgery. Dogs are randomly assigned to either receive ESWT or be in the control group, If receiving ESWT, this treatment modality will be free of charge. Additionally, force plate gait analysis, joint range of motion, pain assessment, and the 2 week recheck visit will be covered by the study. As an additional incentive, owners will receive $200 off of the surgery fee when dogs are enrolled.


Contact for more information:

Dr. Kate Barnes