What Is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy was developed in the 1980’s. It was initially used in human medicine to treat kidney stones, allowing doctors to break down the stones without the need for extensive surgery.
Following this it was used to treat painful orthopaedic conditions in man with good success. Since then it has been developed as a treatment for orthopaedic conditions and injuries in horses.
Shockwaves are high energy sound waves that are created outside the body and transferred to a specific area within the body via a specialised machine.
Shockwaves are characterised by a very high and rapid pressure followed by a rapid decrease in pressure to a negative level. Shockwaves are a non invasive treatment because they are applied by resting the machine on the skin.
The energy waves travel easily through the skin into the deeper structures, where they can stimulate healing.