Equine Shock Wave Therapy

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine offers the latest in focused and ballistic extra-corporeal shock wave therapeutic (ESWT) equipment, the STORZ Duolith SD1.0.

Shock wave therapy uses high-energy acoustic (sound) waves to stimulate healing of tissues, including tendons, ligaments, bone and muscle. ESWT therapy has become an accepted treatment for a variety of equine musculoskeletal disorders, including, but not limited to: back pain, insertional desmopathies, tendonopathies, osteoarthritis, navicular disease, maladaptive bone disease, non-healing fractures, angular limb deformities and dorsal metacarpal disease (bucked shins). ESWT is performed as an outpatient procedure under mild sedation.

Shockwave units come in two varieties: focused and radial. Focused units, which have been in use at the Cummings School for several years, focus the pulses at a fixed point within tissues, and is ideal for deep-tissue healing. Radial, or ballistic, units do not focus the sonic waves, but instead distribute waves throughout the tissue. While a focused unit has been in use for many years at the Hospital for Large Animals, our latest device offers both ballistic and focused high-energy shockwaves.

Please contact the Hospital for Large Animals to make an appointment.

Hospital for Large Animals
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
53 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-7926
Fax: (508) 839-7931
Emergency Services: (508) 839-7926