Uses & Applications

“We have been using extracorporeal shock wave therapy for the last 3 years to treat conditions such as suspensory desmitis, avulsion fractures, bucked shins, stress fractures, maladaptive bone disease, inflammation of the dorsal spinous process (“kissing spines”) and osteoarthritis. We have been very pleased with the good degree of clinical success (as determined by improved lameness, way of going and performance record) and client satisfaction we have had in the treatment of multiple cases of documented overriding dorsal spinous processes and kissing spines, as well as maladaptive bone disease.”
Kate Chope, VMD , Large Animal Ultrasound Consultant &
Jose M. Garcia-Lopez, VMD, Diplomate, ACVS, Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery Tufts University – Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital North Grafton, MA


Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is used for the treatment of musculoskeletal soft tissue pain as well as superficial and soft tissue injuries and disorders. Short and sedation-free therapy sessions provide successful relief of acute and chronic pain, and improvement of chronic disorders to restore painless mobility and stimulate bone growth and tissue regeneration.

Equine conditions that respond well to Shock Wave Therapy include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Wounds and Chronic Wound Care
  • Acupressure Points
  • Non-union or delayed-healing of Fractured Bones
  • Joints
  • Bone
  • Large Muscles
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Painful Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Points
  • Connective Tissue
  • Cosmetic Applications

Specific equine pathologies that have successfully been treated with Shock Wave Therapy include:

  • Insertional desmopathies such as proximal suspensory ligament desmitis, suspensory branch desmitis, suspensory avulsion fractures, inferior check ligament desmitis, distal sesamoidean ligament desmitis, nuchal ligament, and other ligament injuries
  • Tendinopathies with & without calcification such as superficial & deep digital flexor tendon injuries, e.g. bowed tendons.
  • Metacarpal Stress Fractures & dorsal metacarpal disease such as bucked shins
  • Fractures & stress fractures of splints, coffin bone fractures
  • Tibial & humeral stress fractures, and Bone Exostosis
  • Angular Limb Deformities (ALD) in Foals
  • Sesamoiditis & Sesamoid fractures
  • Navicular Syndrome (Caudal heel pain)
  • Osteoarthritis such as pastern degenerative joint disease (DJD), Ringbone, and hock degenerative joint disease, Bone Spavin
  • Osteochondrosis lesions (OCD)
  • Soreness/Stiffness in muscles and gluts
  • Sore back problems such as dorsal spinal process, sacroiliac problems, and Kissing Spines
  • NEW: Storz patented D-ACTOR® Shockwave technology has also been used successfully for Myofascial Pain by treating Trigger Points (Trigger point Shockwave Therapy / TPST / TST), Acupressure Points (Acupressure Shockwave Therapy / APST / AST), and Non-Healing Wounds.

The STORZ MEDICAL Technology is not only cutting-edge; the units are extremely portable and user-friendly.


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