Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy – ESWT
Equine shock wave treatment is an effective and very useful treatment for many musculoskeletal problems.
Here a short list of the most common conditions that greatly will benefit from ESWT:
- Bone/ligament interface injuries such as high suspensory injuries
- Other tendon or ligament injuries
- Stress fractures, non-displaced fractures, “bucked shins”
- Popped splints
- Degenerative joint disease of the hocks
- Caudal heal pain/Navicular disease
- Back pain such as muscular, intraspinous ligaments, “Kissing spines”, and sacroiliac problems
How does it work and why does it help?
Shock wave therapy machines used in the medical field generate high peak pressure acoustic waves that penetrate tissues and along with neovascularization and tissue regeneration, act to increase circulation and therefore help bring growth factors to the injured area which stimulates and accelerates the healing process. It also stimulates subchondral bone remodeling and disintegration of calcification in tissues. ESWT may also alter locally the chemical environment in such a way that pain inhibiting substances are produced with endorphins be released reducing local sensitivity to pain. after treatment. ESWT reduces significantly recovery times on many injuries. One of the greatest examples of this is with a high suspensory injury – recovery time can be reduced by months in many cases. In addition studies show the recurrent rate after shock waves has been applied is much lower.
The STORZ DUOLITH VET Focused ESWT unit distributed by FOCUS-IT is the machine currently used by our practice. We are very excited about it’s addition to our therapy options. Learn more about this technology at www.eswt.net