What Is Shockwave Therapy?
A shockwave is a very small burst of energy traveling faster than the speed of sound. The shockwave pulses are directed towards the targeted area. The “micotrama” localized to the injury by the shockwave prompts the body to heal itself. It promotes the natural healing of soft tissues (ligaments, tendons), wounds, and joints by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and nerve cells. It also delivers an immediate analgesic affect and provides reduction in inflammation.
The number of energy pulses per treatment depends on the size of the injured area. Treatments can be from a thousand to several thousand pulses per treatment session.
Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?
The technology has evolved so there is little discomfort during treatment. You can expect that your horse will require light sedation as the unit makes a knocking sound, much like an MRI machine, and could startle the horse.
Can I Show My Horse After Shockwave Therapy Is Performed?
Several horse associations do not allow horses to show for a brief period of time after treatment. Many require a three day waiting period. Each horse association has different rules, and rules change over time. It is best to check with your prospective association for the most current regulations.
How Many Treatments Session Will My Horse Require?
Typically treatment is completed in 3-5 sessions. Each treatment last 5-10 minutes depending on the number of pulses delivered and the severity of the injury.
Does Shockwave Therapy Have Side Effects?
There is an analgesic (pain numbing) affect after treatment. Patients should avoid activities that could further damage the defective area. Every patient and injury is different so it is important to stick to your veterinarian’s recovery protocols.
Can Shockwave Be Done On The Farm?
Yes, the system is highly portable and convenient for horse owners.
Will My Horse’s Medical Insurance Cover Shockwave Therapy?
Every insurance company and every policy is different. This is a question we cannot answer with any certainty. It is best to call the insurance provider.
Does Shockwave Therapy Require General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is not required. Most horses are given a light sedative. The equipment makes a loud knocking noise and we don’t want them to get startled and move during treatment.