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Shock wave Therapy (ESWT)

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can speed the healing of many types of orthopaedic and soft tissue injuries and conditions.

Bourton Vale Equine Clinic have a portable Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) unit.

Shockwave therapy is used for the treatment of musculoskeletal soft tissue disorders in horses. Short and sedation-free, equine shock wave therapy sessions provide successful relief of acute and chronic pain. Shockwave therapy can help to restore mobility and promotes faster healing by stimulating bone growth, tissue regeneration and the release of endorphins.

The shockwaves used in equine medicine are generated in a fluid medium inside a transducer head which are then transmitted readily through skin, fat, and muscle. The unit allows the shockwaves to be directed to the precise area of the injury.

Shockwave treatment is generally used at 7-10 day intervals for up to 3 occasions. Our vets can bring the machine to your premises or it can be done here at the clinic.

The BHA and FEI do not allow SWT to be used within 7 days of a race or competition.  This is to ensure that SWT is not used to “mask pain” just before the race or competition.

Your Bourton Vale vet will be able to advise you on whether shockwave therapy will be beneficial for your horse.

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