Pulsed Signal Therapy (PST)
One of the unique treatment options we provide at TOPS Vet Rehab is Pulsed Signal Therapy (PST). Pulsed Signal therapy is a new therapy that has been used extensively in Europe for the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, etc. This treatment has been used in Europe for over 20 years with over 100,000 patients. The manufacturer of the Pulsed Signal Therapy machine, BioMagnetics Therapy Systems, is currently pursuing FDA approval for human use, and as such, current use is limited to animals.
The PST treatment requires 9 consecutive treatments, which can be administered once or twice per day. TOPS has two PST options: 1) stationary unit located at TOPS; and 2) portable unit for take-home use. There are only small differences between both units. Most importantly, both provide the same clinical efficacy. The stationary unit is somewhat easier to administer for the client, while the portable unit is slightly more difficult to use but comes with the benefits of being able to administer the 9 treatments from home.
For background on the principles of PST, it is believed that there is an electrical field around each joint that plays an important part in the continual regeneration of cartilage and connective tissue. If osteoarthritis or inflammatory joint disorders are present, there is a disturbance in this electrical field. PST allows reconstruction of the disturbed electrical field, which returns the natural regeneration capabilities and reactivates the cartilage and connective tissue to increase the production of proteoglycans and collagen (the building blocks of cartilage) to aid in repairing the cartilage defects. PST does this by pulsing an electromagnetic field to the treatment area. To get technical, this will simulate pressure on the joints, which will pull hydrogen atoms out of the cartilage surface, stimulating cartilage regeneration and cartilage cell reproduction. This phenomenon is known as streaming.
In human clinical trials there was a significant improvement of pain and "performing" activities of daily living" in greater than 85% of treated patients. There are also currently double-blind studies in the US which have recently been completed in canine patients and are in the process of being tabulated. TOPS Vet Rehab is currently conducting a clinical trial for BMTS to explore additional treatment options beyond medications and traditional treatment options for arthritis, cruciate injuries, tendonitis, etc.