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FDA Certified Extracorporal Shock Wave Therapy

Elite Equine is thrilled to offer extracorporal shockwave therapy both at our haul in facility or brought out to YOUR BARN!


Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy ESWT

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment for neuromuscular disorders approved by the FDA. This proprietary technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.

This non-invasive mobile/clinic based procedure represents a breakthrough treatment option for a broad range of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic or neurologic conditions.

What Is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?

ESWT is a regenerative treatment option for tendon, muscle and bone disorders. This technology produces high frequency sound waves which initiate body’s own reparative reaction in case of chronic degenerative tendon condition. It is also very effective treatment for myofascial pain syndrome.

ESWT  is mechanical pressure wave which is delivered to the tissues.  Our machine is FDA certified and operated by licensed equine sports medicine veterinarians.

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Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth EFFECT

In growth of neovascularization (new blood vessel creation) nutrient blood flow is necessary to start and maintain the repair processes of damaged tissue structure. The application of acoustic waves creates capillary micro-ruptures in tendon and bone and significantly increasing the expression of growth factors (the same growth hormones used by human athletes to speed recovery).  Shock wave increases local blood supply to the an old injury and causes the release of growth hormones (GH).   These two processes stimulate the growth and remodeling of new arterioles. The new blood vessels will improve the blood supply and the oxygenation resulting in the faster healing of both tendon and bone.






Shockwave therapy will allow new blood flow to a tendon injury and stimulate the release of growth factors, speeding recovery of a new injury or “waking up” an old injury.

Reversal of Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation occurs when the inflammation response is not completely halted. It can damage healthy areas in the body and can result in chronic pain. The activity of mast cells, which are involved in inflammatory process, may be increased by pervasive acoustic waves. Mast cell activation may be followed by the synthesis of chemokines and cytokines. The releasing of pro-inflammatory compounds, when needed, may help to restore the normal healing and regenerative processes.


Stimulation of Collagen

The production of sufficient amounts of collagen is a necessary precondition of the tissue repair process. Shockwave therapy hastens collagen synthesis. The newly created collagen fibers are forced into a longitudinal structure. These newly formed tendon fibers are denser and stiff.  This is particularly important for tendon and suspensory ligament injuries.



Soft Tissue and Back Pain

Shockwave therapy can help “cold backed” horses or horses with chronic back pain.  Horses with pain at surgical scars also benefit from treatment, as do horses with navicular pain.



1.  How often do you have to treat?

Most treatment protocols consist of three sessions, two to three weeks apart.  You may schedule an appointment at our haul in facility, or we will drive out to you!

2. How quickly does it work?

Your horse will likely see a reduction of pain and swelling within hours.  After 48 hours your horse will regress back to his/her previous state.  Over the weeks in between the sessions, your horse will heal and dramatic results are seen in over 85% of cases over the span of the sessions.

3. Is shockwave a cure for everything?

Well, no.  Nothing in your veterinarian’s truck can fix everything….give us a call to see if shockwave is for you!

4. How Much is it?

Cost varies by treatment but typically runs from $150-$350 per treatment session.