Poll: Majority of Readers Have Not Used Shock Wave Therapy

More than 400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Have you had any experience with focused shock wave therapy for treating chronic injuries in your horse(s)?"

results of poll on shock wave therapy

Results were as follows:

  • No: 76.77% (314)
  • Yes: 23.23% (95)

Readers shared their holiday traditions with their horses in the comments below.

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  • It did not help at all.
  • expensive; successful (after Lyme treatement)
  • 1997, bad rhino flu shot that resulted in an abscess.
  • old lesson horse, not forward lethargic did bk hocks now a speedster!!!!
  • worked very well on my aged Morgans tendons
  • Costed a lot of money, didn't really help a great deal as it wasn't the actual problem
  • Nope
  • not convinced it is real
  • Used on suspensory ligament 3X at 2 week intervals
  • Racehorse w/tiny canon bone crack. Treated several time& rested,but not sucessful.
  • deep digital tear/lesion. did not see great improvement after 3 treatments.
  • Utilized this tratment several times; very successful in treating and reducing lameness.
  • I would be interested to know how effective this really is.
  • Get real. Horses are so cheap right now, it's not worth the cost.
  • My friend had shock wave administered to her barrrel horse. It did not prove successful.
  • Worked well-expensive but covered by insurance
  • Healed a severe tendon injury in a Reiner six weeks before the major competition of the year, won!
  • loved it!
  • Costly and did not seem to have any effect on my horse
  • No w/ horse, Yes with myself - thought it was useless
  • It was offered by my vet for a tendon injury, but I went with PRP and stem cell.
  • Didn*t work. due to the horse' conformation Narrow hoof)
  • by relieving the pain of the torn suspensory, the pony reinjured itself. I'd not do it again
  • treated a strained suspensory in front leg...worked great !!
  • yes tendon problem. worked very well
  • Have had it on myself, worked extremely well-have seen it demo'd on a horse.
  • however have heard is unfortunately used to dull and numb pain pre-race which I think is disgusting
  • arthritis and bone spur
  • We found an old track injury on my OTTB that was undisclosed to me. Worked perfectly. Lesion is 100%
  • sounds expensive..
  • My horse had bone spurs on his navicular. Three treatments took care of the problem.
  • Yes to help break up scar tissue in my horses knee. He remained sound for several years after.nd
  • for navicular..brought some relief after 3 treatments, but not enough to justify the cost
  • For lameness due to a stretch injury to the lateral branch of the suspensory.
  • Luckily, mine have never suffered injuries that needed this treatment.
  • It didn't seem to help and was very expensive
  • It was offered to me, but was WAY too expensive (and I'm not "cheap" when it comes to the horses!).
  • I don't use my horses that could result in 'chronic' injuries...
  • helped with bruised hind suspensory
  • Used on a deep flexor tendon tear in RF. Horse now completely sound. 6 mo. complete stall rest
  • Torn suspensory ligament in the lower lateral branch. 3 x shock wave no improvement.
  • plasma rich platelet injections and shock wave therapy,bowed tendon 100% sound in 6 mos!
  • we have used it for splints, a small tendon injury and suspensory damage
  • Worked very well for soreness. Used prior to the World show this year and was worth the cost .
  • for proximal suspensary desmitis; but didn't help. Trying stem cell therapy.
  • 3 treatments before & after surgery for suspensory. Helped quite a bit.
  • Both ultrasound and cold laser for suspensory ligament sprain
  • Older lesion of hind susp. body- it worked great!
  • Successful treatment for low ringbone. Improved comfort!
  • Used on a deep digital flexor. Reduced lameness significantly.
  • For surface ringbone, performed by a skilled practitioner; it was not successful
  • I have a 12 year old arabian that I use for endurance. He tore a suspensory at a ride. Had 3 shock
  • 3 treatments for PSD
  • was offered that, but chose PRP instead.
  • Used it on same leg for two different issues (sesimoditis&high suspendsory) Great success!
  • It was used successfully on my filly
  • Don't know what it is
  • S I joint
  • Chronic stifle problem fairly good results
  • I'm about to have it done on my horse with a torn tendon. I'll be looking to see what others say.
  • After 3 shock wave treatments my horse was sound. He had an inflammed annular ligament
  • Not with my own horses. I know many people that have used it on their horses and it helped.
  • It helped dramatically both times, with physical therapy and great management involved
  • lower back in 10 yr old cutting horse, S3/4/5 were fusing w/addl bone created, causing horse to kick
  • Haven't needed it...thankfully my horse has been injury free since he started competing.
  • Very useful treatment option for tendon and ligament injury, back pain, foot problems, and chronic

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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