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Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), a treatment adapted from human medicine, involves the generation of pressure waves which are then directed towards the damaged structure via a hand held probe. Shockwave has a direct analgesic effect, increases blood flow and stimulates healing.
Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is most commonly used for high suspensory ligament injuries, back problems, splints, non healing wounds, bone spavin and navicular.
The therapy is usually performed on the standing, sedated horse and can be done at home or at the clinic. Different energy levels, frequency and number of shocks are used depending on the injury, but the treatment normally takes around 20 minutes and is repeated on 3-4 occasions two weeks apart.