In human medicine, shockwave therapy has been used for over 25 years to treat a number of urolgic and orthopedic conditions. Shockwaves are high-energy sound waves, which are transmitted to the affected body part. There, they trigger the body's natural repair mechanisms by stimulating immune-competent cells. Thus, a lasting healing response is achieved without any side-effects.
How is shockwave treatment performed?
After diagnosing the problem, the veterinarian determines whether the condition is suitable for shockwave treatment. This is usually done on an outpatient basis at your doctor's clinic. The horse only requires a mild sedation, so it remains standing throughout the procedure. Treatment usually takes 10-20 minutes. The details of the subsequent resting and follow-up requirements should be discussed with your veterinarian. Usually, the horse can leave within 1-2 hours.