The Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts offers the latest in focused and ballistic extra-corporeal shock wave therapeutic (ESWT) equipment, the STORZ Duolith SD1.0.
Performed as an outpatient procedure under mild sedation, shock wave therapy uses high-energy acoustic (sound) waves to stimulate healing of tissues, including tendons, ligaments, bone and muscle. Equine shock wave 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).
Shockwave units come in two varieties: focused and radial. Focused units 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, the facility's latest device offers both ballistic and focused high-energy shockwaves.