Shockwave therapy is currently believed to be the only useful treatment for strain of the origin of the suspensory ligament. It does have other uses as part of the treatment for collateral ligament injuries, splints and sprains. The principle behind it is the use of energy in the form of sound waves stimulate cells to activate or promote the natural healing process.
Horses are usually treated under standing sedation. The machine has a hand held probe which is placed on the area to be treated and gel is applied to the skin to achieve good acoustic contact. The energy is delivered in packets called “shocks”. The number of shocks used and the energy level for each shock will depend on the condition being treated and location on the horse. A typical treatment will be between 500 and 1500 shocks and one to three treatments will normally be given with 1 -2 week intervals between treatments.
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat:
A Shockwave therapy machine is available for use by the veterinary surgeons or by the veterinary nurses under supervision, and generally only at the surgery.