Poll: Readers Would Pay for Shock Wave Therapy

More than 200 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "While most equine insurance companies cover up to three focused shock wave treatments, what would you pay per treatment to heal a horse using shock wave therapy if studies demonstrated improvement within weeks?"

results of poll on shock wave therapy

Results were as follows:

  • $150-300: 70.53% (146)
  • $300-500: 20.29% (42)
  • $500+ : 9.18% (19) 

Readers shared their comments below.

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  • wouldn't use.
  • fortunately I have a very sound horse!
  • would pay more if I could
  • Would not pay for it.
  • need more info. to determine if this is actual medical treatment or holistic.?
  • price is no limit for healing my horse
  • we paid cash, no ins, and it WORKS! calcified tendons!
  • like hock injections: beauty in the eye of the beholder
  • This sounds bad but it depends on which horse.
  • I have paid for 2 treatments beyond insur. coverage
  • Most people don't have insurance. I still like Acuscope therapy
  • I'd pay a moderate cost, but ONLY if this is a proven treatment.
  • if more than one treatment is needed any cost more than $60 per would be outside my reach
  • None
  • I use shockwave frequently especially for soreness before an actual injury happens.
  • I would not choose this treatment.
  • I found the average to be $250 per treatment by vets qualified to administer this type of treatement
  • wouldn’t spend more than 1K total
  • have in the past and will do again, if recommended
  • I wouldn't pay anything I don't really think that its necessay!
  • moot point. Studies are scewed to exclude all but the most elementary problem thus getting approval
  • I would choose the conservative amount first, would want to see proof of effectiveness for my horse

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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