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Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment that uses high energy sound waves to stimulate pain relief, expedites healing and improves the quality of healing in wounds, ligaments, tendons and bony structures. It is more properly called extracorporeal (extracorporeal = outside the body) shockwave therapy or is abbreviated ESWT. Shock wave treatment can help your horse return to work more quickly, has more than a decade of clinical success behind it, and is covered by most equine medical insurance (usually up to 3 treatments).
Shockwave has been proven effective for treating such conditions as:
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy increases blood flow, increases growth of new blood vessels and increases the production of natural healing factors in the treated area which all result in improved speed and quality of tendon, ligament, bone and wound healing.
Your horse can be ridden prior to the treatment but it is best they not be worked hard. The horse should be done working no less than 1 hour to the appointment so that they are fully cooled out and relaxed at the time of the appointment. Please make sure they are reasonably clean (they do not need to be immaculate) and dry.
Older shockwave machines often required sedation for therapy due to the intensity of the shockwaves produced. Fortunately we have the latest shockwave technology that does not require sedation. If your horse is particularly painful however some light sedation may be needed.
Treatments involve cleaning the target area, applying ultrasound gel to help conduction of the shockwaves and then applying a prescribed number of shocks to the target area. The number of shocks needs depends on the size of the area being treated as well as the target tissue and chronicity of the problem but generally ranges from 1,000 to 1,500. Treatment time is usually 3-5 minutes as shocks are applied at a rate of 350-450 per minute
This largely depends on the problem being treated but for the typical tendon/ligament injury a series of 3-6 treatments 2-3 weeks apart is common.
No! There are several different methods of producing therapeutic shockwaves and they are not all the same. The different types of shockwave generation are electrohydraulic, electromagnetic, piezoelectric, and radial. Electrohydraulic shockwave is the gold standard method for treating orthopedic/sports medicine indications. While other forms of shock wave exist, they are vastly different than the superiority of the electrohydraulic method – with significant limitations in terms of depth, focal area and more. We are pleased to offer the latest in shockwave technology with the Pulsvet VersaTron Shockwave Machine.
PulseVet’s VersaTron family of shock wave devices utilizes the electrohydraulic source to create the most effective shock waves for medical purposes.
The electrohydraulic shock wave generation method is the ONLY method that generates a true shock wave at all energy settings.
(not a shock wave, but has been marketed as a shock wave)