Shockwave therapy is a relatively recently developed treatment first applied to human sports injuries but is now increasingly used to treat a number of conditions in specialist equine veterinary practice and sports medicine. It is predominately used in the treatment of orthopaedic injuries either as the sole treatment or in combination with other therapies.
Shockwave is a non- invasive treatment with a probe which is connected to a compressor applied directly to the skin. Due to the vibrations of the compressor, patients are sedated to minimize stress and ensure the safety of handlers and equipment.
Shockwave treatment works in a number of ways. It desensitises local nerves providing effective pain relief, reduces muscle spasms and promotes blood flow to affected areas stimulating tissue healing.
Shockwave therapy is predominately used in the treatment of ligament injuries, back pain and tendon injuries.