What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment used in the healing of orthopedic and soft tissue injuries. Specifically, shockwave therapy is based on using high energy acoustic (pressure) waves that are focused onto the target tissue.
Shockwave therapy is not fully understood, and the exact mechanisms of actions not defined. However, shockwave therapy has been shown to increase the formation of small blood vessels and increase certain growth factors in target tissues.
Potential therapeutic uses for shockwave therapy:
- Ligaments: insertions and desmitis
- Splint bone: fractures and perostitis
- Stress fractures
- Bone spavin
- Navicular syndrome
- Back problems including "kissing spines"
- Joint conditions
How does treatment occur?
Treatment occurs on an outpatient or farm call basis. Often the treatment is done under a light sedation with the horse standing, and takes 10 to 15 minutes. With most conditions we recommend repeating the treatment every 2 weeks for a total of 3 to 4 treatments.
Shock wave therapy is not a universal remedy for any and all orthopedic or soft tissue condition. It is most effective when used in conjunction with other treatments; including medical treatment, corrective surgery or shoeing, and rehabilitation.
If you have questions regarding shockwave therapy, and its potential application to you horse please do not hesitate to call EMCO (352-873-7838) or discuss with your regular veterinarian.
Marshall Stevens, DVM