Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a procedure that uses very high energy, focused energy waves (pulses) to stimulate tissue turnover, new blood vessel formation and enhance healing. ESWT is usually used for the treatment of bone and ligament injuries. Shock waves can help in tissue regeneration by causing “micro-trauma” which stimulates an increased rate of new blood vessel development and therefore allows better delivery of the elements required for healing. It has also been shown to potentially increase bone turnover as well as having a short to medium term analgesic (pain-killing) effect.
ESWT has been effective in treating high suspensory desmitis, sesamoiditis, navicular syndrome, back and sacroiliac pain and typically involves three treatments at two week intervals. The procedure is quick, safe and minimally invasive. It is usually performed under standing sedation only and as the equipment is completely mobile can be performed in an ambulatory capacity at your property.