Equine Shock Wave Therapy

Equine Shock Wave Therapy

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.

Our Doctors

  • Kate Chope

    Kate Chope
    Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging

  • Wade A. Tenney

    Wade A. Tenney
    Large Animal Ultrasonography

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