Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
What is it?
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) despite its name does
not use actual electrical pulses. It is similar to lithotripsy to fragment
bladder stoned in humans. Using high intensity sound waves it initiates tissue
repair by stimulating new blood flow bone remodeling, reducing pain and
inflammation. In humans it is being used for plantar fascitis(heel pain), tennis
elbow and other tendon pain.
has been proven effective in the treatment of:
pain (ie. Navicular Disease)
trauma (i.e. splints)
Arthritis (i.e ringbone or hock arthritis)
problems (i.e. tendonitis, fibrosis)
and trigger points
Typically the area is clipped, a gel is applied and the shock waves are applied. This non-invasive technique takes about 30 minutes with the horse under sedation.
Side Effects: Hematomas, swelling and possible redness
inflammatory or infectious processes
be used on the head or over lungs
sedation necessary? Yes, It is not painful but does feel like a shock and can startle
soon can I begin riding? We recommend 2 days rest due to anesthetic response but really it
depends on the issue that we are treating.
many treatments does my horse need? You will need 3-5 sessions depending on the issue that we
Will I see an improvement right away? No, Any tissue is going to require some good old- fashioned “time” to heal, but it will shorten the healing time considerably. Some horses may appear worse before any improvement due to temporary increased inflammation and discomfort as bone starts remodeling.