Why You Should Be Using Shockwave Therapy for Horses

shockwave therapy for horses

Shockwave therapy uses high-intensity pressure waves that travel through fluid and tissue to target the site of an injury. These pressure waves enhance blood flow and metabolism, boosting the body’s natural healing processes, so it can heal many musculoskeletal issues without drugs or surgery.

Physiotherapists, orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, and many other healthcare professionals have used shockwave therapy for their patients. But veterinarians and other animal health practitioners have also been using shockwave therapy for horses to treat many common issues including:

  • Insertional desmopathy
  • Tendinopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fissures, stress fractures, and osteolysis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD)
  • Podotrochlosis
  • Kissing spines
  • Muscle treatment (trigger points and tensed muscles)
  • Wound healing
  • Scar tissue

Shockwave therapy is particularly advantageous for horse medicine because treatment often requires only three to five sessions, lasting no longer than 30 minutes each.

Sessions also involve little hassle. Beforehand, horses should be groomed and dry to improve conduction. Ultrasound gel is also often used to help conduction, so the horse will need to be cleaned afterward.

And because shockwave therapy is non-invasive, horses can resume regular activity with little downtime.

Shockwave Therapy Devices for Horses

Another great advantage of using shockwave therapy for horses is that devices can be used for outpatient treatment. So, you can treat horses at farms, stables, rehabilitation centers, etc.

Devices like the MASTERPULS® MP100 VET »ultra« Radial device and the DUOLITH® SD1 T-TOP VET »F-SW ultra« are ideal for horse medicine. Both machines are lightweight and portable without sacrificing therapeutic capability.

Moreover, because all essential controls are located on the handpieces, you can easily make adjustments as necessary without taking your attention away from the horse. And because the handpieces are ergonomically designed, you can work for long periods without worrying about straining yourself.

Shockwave Therapy for Horses and Small Animals

In addition to having applications in horse medicine, shockwave therapy can also treat dogs and small animals for indications like dysplasia, cauda equina syndrome, and more. As STORZ Medical distributors, Medical Wave specializes in the MP100 VET and SD1 T-TOP VET, the best shockwave devices for veterinarians on the market.

Call (844) 636-9283 or visit our website to learn how to integrate shockwave technology into your practice.