What is Shock Wave Therapy?
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy was the first step into the century of non-invasive kidney stone treatment. Ten years ago High Medical Technologies AG (HMT) invented the technology of shock wave application in the field of orthopedics - the step towards a millennium of non-invasive treatment in orthopedics. Nowadays Shock Wave helps in avoiding surgery of soft tissue and bone related disorders.
Who is a candidate for ESWT?
ESWT is recommended for horses suffering from chronic pain and lameness, who have not responded to conservative treatment for a period of at least three months. Up until now, surgery was the only option for these horses. Particularly problems caused by degenerative or acute processes in tendons and superficial bones can be treated by ESWT.
How is treatment performed?
ESWT is a non-invasive procedure. Horses are treated on an outpatient basis using the Equi-Tron. The average treatment time is about 10-15 minutes and the procedure is performed by using a mild sedation and/or local anesthesia where necessary.
What are the results?
Success rates for ESWT are good to excellent; however, it must be stated that ESWT in veterinary medicine is still in a developmental stage and research is on going. Nevertheless, ESWT is a useful non-invasive therapy for animals suffering from chronic pain and an alternative to surgery.