What is it, and why are we using it in horses?
VS Equine recently purchased a portable Radial Pressure Wave device so that our veterinary team can offer shockwave therapy for treating musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue and bone injuries in horses.
Radial pressure shockwave offers non-invasive treatment solutions for both acute and chronic, long term insertion and soft tissue pathologies.
The therapy not only promotes and speeds up the healing process, but ultimately causes various soft tissue injuries to heal more thoroughly with less fibrous tissue accumulation.
Originally developed in the 1980’s to treat kidney stones in humans, SWT was found to help break down kidney stones without the need for extensive surgery. Following this it was used to treat painful orthopaedic conditions with good success.
Shock wave therapy has since been adapted for use in horses treating a variety of orthopedic and soft tissue conditions.
Some of the conditions treated with Shock Wave Therapy
- Ligament and tendon tears and strains
- Arthritis, joint pain
- Deep digital flexor tendon injuries, including those within the hoof
- Back and neck pain
This new technology gives us another great treatment option that is minimally invasive with scientifically proven results.
Shock Wave Therapy will be one of our topics at this years Winter Seminars – if you would like to hear more please head along or get in touch with your local clinic.
- Hastings: (06) 876 7001
- Waipukurau: (06) 858 9060
- Dannevirke: (06) 374 7021