McGee Equine Clinic offers Shock Wave therapy in an ambulatory setting (on your farm) for selected soft tissue injuries. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a useful non-invasive tool for treating equine musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue injuries, and bone injuries in horses.
ESWT works from from outside the body (extracorporeal). The machine generates high energy sound waves, which pulse into the injured tissue. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process, by combining an immediate pain relief effect with a reduction in inflammation, and stimulation of healing. ESWT improves blood circulation, reduces muscle spasm, and improves healing of damaged ligaments, tendons, boney structures, and muscles.
ESWT can be used to treat a variety of different conditions, such as tendon and ligament injuries. It is especially beneficial in proximal suspensory disease (“High suspensory injury”), back pain, neck pain, sacroiliac pain, and lumbosacral injury/pain.
Shockwave is non-invasive and often covered by insurance. It is typically performed as a series of three treatments 2-3 weeks apart. For treatment of muscle pain and spasm we may treat weekly or every 2 weeks depending on the particular horse’s need. We will create an individualized treatment plan for your horse, to work together to help him recover.