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Horses treated for focussed shockwave therapy are required to come to our practice for their procedure - The precise action of the sound energy is not absolutely clear but its effect is thought to be based on the stretching, without damaging of the individual cells in the region being treated, thereby, stimulating the natural healing process.

 

Q - How is Shockwave Therapy administered?

 

A - Horses are usually treated under ‘standing sedation’ whilst in the confines of the stocks.

 

The machine has a probe which is placed on the area to be treated and gel is applied to the skin to achieve good acoustic contact (air being a good insulator for sound, funnily enough) The sound energy is delivered in packets called “shocks” and the amount of energy in each shock can be determined by the veterinary surgeon. The number of shocks used and the energy level for each shock will depend on the condition being treated and location on the horse.

 

A typical treatment will be between 500 and 1500 shocks and one to three treatments will normally be given with 1 - 2 week intervals between treatments.

 

What conditions can be treated with Shockwave?

 

  • Back pain
  • Suspensory ligament injuries, either origin or branch lesions
  • Sacro-iliac disease
  • Tendon problems
  • Hock Spavin
  • Ringbone
  • Navicular Syndrome
  • Fractured Splints

 

Q - What are the side effects of Shockwave?

A – None.

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