Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy
Extracorporeal High-Energy Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a relatively new treatment methodology that is currently gaining popularity in the world of performance horse medicine. ESWT was first developed for humans as a treatment for the disintegration of kidney stones. Subsequently, it was recognized that ESWT might have applications in orthopedics as well.
High-intensity waves apply mechanical pressure and tension on tissues. These forces stimulate osteogenesis (new bone formation) and removal of excessive osseous tissue (mineralization or calcification). The effects of shock waves occur in regions where tissue density changes, such as bone/ tendon or bone/ ligament interfaces. Therefore, it has shown promise in treating such conditions as stress fractures, navicular disease, distal tarsitis, suspensory desmitis, ligament and tendon fibrosis and/or ossification, etc. Preliminary research studies show better quality healing, improved recovery rates, and faster healing.
At The Atlanta Equine Clinic, we generally perform 2-3 treatments each administered 3 weeks apart. The treatments are performed in a barn setting with the horse standing and sedated. The cost for the initial treatment is $475.
Subsequent treatments are $375 each.
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