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Shockwave therapy for your horse

July 29, 2019

What is shockwave? Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a noninvasive, nonsurgical therapy for chronic and painful orthopaedic conditions. shockwave therapy machine

ESWT is performed using a portable machine that sends out pressure waves to a specific site within the injured tissue. It has been used in human medicine for musculoskeletal injuries for many years.

Benefits of shockwave

Shockwave is a non-invasive therapy that has been shown to increase blood flow to bones and tissues, and has an analgesic (pain-killing) effect.

Conditions shockwave is helpful for treating

Bone healing:

  • “Popped splints”
  • Stress fractures
  • Arthritis.

Soft tissue injuries:

  • Tendon/ligament injuries eg. Suspensory desmitis, tendinitis etc.
  • Back pain
  • Wounds.

Shockwave therapy is noninvasive and can be performed by our equine vets at your farm.

What to expect

The treatment does not hurt the horse. We lightly sedate it to ensure they stand still and the affected area can be accurately targeted. A typical treatment course involves 3 treatments, several weeks apart, but this depends on the condition your horse is being treated for.

If you would like to learn more about whether your horse could benefit from this therapy call us today. Phone: 09 238 2471