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Massachusetts Equine Clinic

Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy or simply ESWT has recently gained increasing importance in the treatment of horses suffering from orthopaedic disorders. ESWT is non-invasive, triggering the body’s natural repair mechanisms by stimulating immune-competent cells.

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How it Works

The machine generates high-intensity pressure waves, which pulse to a specific site within the injured tissue. It stimulates and accelerates the healing process, it can be used to treat various conditions, such as suspensory ligament desmitis, navicular disease, bowed tendon, sesamoid fractures, stress fractures and vertebral spinal pain (kissing spine lesions).

Depending on the type and severity of the disorder, one to three shock wave treatment sessions are performed at intervals of seven to 21 days. In order to achieve optimum therapy results, the equine patient is shaved in the therapy region and sedated. Hospitalization is not required so the horse can generally leave the clinic after the effects of the sedation have worn off. After completion of shock wave treatment, the horses individual requirements will determine how quickly and at what rate they will return to regular work.

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