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Technologies

Shock wave treatment has become a standard procedure in pain therapy not only for humans, but also for equine and small animals. The systems available in the market use radial or focused shock waves. Focused shock waves are ideal for deep-seated target areas. Pressure waves – also referred to as radial shock waves – are generated pneumatically and used in the treatment of superficial indications.

Today, orthopaedic pain therapy uses primarily radial shock wave systems because of their ease of use, absence of side effects and ongoing technological improvements. Research and development have produced better materials for the different shock transmitters. As a result, the range of applications was greatly extended over time and the treatment became much more comfortable for patients as well for horses and small animals. Depending on the shock transmitter employed, radial shock waves may reach a depth of up to 60 mm.

Treatment strategies

Shock wave therapy is primarily used for the treatment of chronic insertional tendinosis, but has also proved successful in the therapy of calcifications in tendon and muscle tissue as well as bursae, osteoporotic sesamoid bone disorders, tendon and ligament damage and tendes back.

A precise diagnosis which identifies the exact location of the lesion is an essential requirement to ensure successful therapy. Diagnostic measures should always include a clinical examination, including palpation and, where possible, the use of regional anesthesia, as well as imaging techniques such as X-ray and ultrasound examinations and/or other advanced imaging techniques when indicated. The equine patient should be re-evaluated before each treatment session.

The therapy region should be cleaned with alcohol to remove oils from the skin. In order to optimize the ultrasound image quality, the treatment area should be rubbed with ultrasound gel. When the therapy is started, a few initial shock waves should be applied while the transmitter is not yet coupled to the skin in order to allow the patient to get used to the sound of the treatment. Afterwards, shock waves are applied to the therapy region at a low energy level. The energy level must then be continuously increased until the desired power level has been reached. In general, three to five treatments are performed at intervals of 7 to 10 days. Depending on the type of sedative used, the horse should not be fed for one hour following sedation.

An individualized progressive rehabilitative exercise programme is essential to the successful treatment of any injury. The exact nature of such a programme is dependant on the type and severity of the injury, the temperament of the horse as well as the facility and personnel available to the client.

radial r-sw

Radial Handpiece (R-SW)

  • Application pressure: 1.0 – 5.0bar
  • Therapeutic penetration depth: 0 – 60mm
  • Shock frequency: 1 – 21Hz
  • Large coupling area without energy loss
  • Over 1 million shocks per handpiece revision
focused f-sw

Focused Handpiece (F-SW)

  • Dynamic energy range low-high: 0.01 – 0.55 mJ/mm²
  • Therapeutic penetration depth: 0 – 125mm
  • High shock frequency: 1 – 8Hz
  • Over 1 million shocks per handpiece revision
vactor

V-ACTOR Handpiece

  • High-frequency vibration therapy: 1 – 35Hz
  • Available transmitters: 25 or 40mm
Shockwave Therapy For Horses