Equine Sport Solutions (ESS),
is a veterinary practice based out of Colorado Springs, promoting the pursuit of excellence in the equestrian sport.

Shockwave Therapy

With recent advances in veterinary medicine and technology, there has been a gradual push toward enhanced methods of therapy. As of late, researchers and veterinarians have taken notice of the benefits of shockwave treatment, and are beginning to assert that this non-invasive therapy can speed up the process of healing several times the speed of dated modalities. Unlike most equine veterinary clinics, Equine Sport Solutions in Colorado Springs is pleased to offer this treatment modality in the field. Our machine is completely portable.

A shockwave treatment is a non-invasive, high intensity, acoustic (pressure) wave that aims at a specific point within tissue. A “shock” wave is a physics term that describes a rapid increase in pressure. It is NOT an electrical shock. The original use of shock waves was in humans to fragment uroliths (kidney stones), and then was expanded to orthopedic applications to stimulate non-union fractures to heal. The shock, or pressure, wave causes a biological response within the treated tissue by acting as a mechanical force at the cellular level, which causes release of proteins associated with decreased inflammation and blood vessel formation.

Shockwave is differentiated by other “energy” treatment modalities because it is a much higher energy that can penetrate much deeper with more specificity.

Shockwave treatment can be used in a variety of types of conditions.

  • Tendon and ligament injuries: stimulating, accelerating, and improving the healing process.
  • Wound healing: antibacterial properties help heal acute and chronic wounds.
  • Bone healing: speeding, healing, and improving bone density
  • Osteoarthritis & Degenerative Joint Disease: alleviating pain and inflammation thereby slowing the disease process.
  • Depending on the type and severity of the horse’s condition, Equine Sport Solutions recommends a total of three consecutive treatments at 3-4 week intervals.