Poll: Suspensory and Ligament Injuries Treated by Shock Wave Therapy

More than 140 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What conditions/injuries has your horse experienced for which shock wave therapy was discussed or used as a treatment?"

results of poll on shock wave therapy

Results were as follows:

  • Suspensory/ligament injuries: 60.14% (86)
  • Back pain/kissing spines: 25.87% (37)
  • Hock/joint disease: 22.38% (32)
  • Other: 21.68% (31)
  • Navicular disease: 10.49% (15)
  • Chronic wounds: 4.20% (6)

(Multiple selections allowed)

Readers shared their experiences with shock wave therapy in the comments below.

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  • suspensory strain
  • never discussed for anything
  • Torn Suspensory ligament in right hind lateral branch. Unfortunately it is not heal well.
  • never rec'd shock wave therapy
  • splint bone fracture
  • splint bone fractures
  • Dancer tore her near side tendon front leg. I considered it, but have opted for Acuscope treatment
  • fracture & suspensory ligament
  • We've had good luck treating soft tissue injuries with it. Not much luck on shins.
  • Trudy Gage improved my horses condition with shockwave treatment
  • Our 17 year old horse had 2 sessions that were unsuccessful
  • none
  • Old scar tissue on hind leg that was makeing his stride a bit short. It worked.
  • Splint formation. Used to reduce the size of the splint.
  • suspensory injures and bowed tendons in racehorses
  • none
  • My horse has never suffered an injury.
  • My horse was chronically lame due to a ligament spur. Shock wave + cortisone got him sound.
  • endurance horse had tear in suspesory ligament. Vast improvement with first treatment.
  • It worked great!
  • None, closest I've come was backing into the electrobraid and waving my arms after getting shocked.
  • none
  • high suspensory strain
  • None
  • My mare had a perifial tear on her right flexor tendor. The vet used target shock wave to help break
  • Ace is a mess, but a happy one. We have his pain under control w/meds acupunct, lazer,massage&chiro
  • Worked great, 100% sound now
  • shock wave is very expensive, it did help my horse, but he was still not able to return to work.
  • static suspensory lesion began to heal after shock wave.. it works!
  • None
  • She injured the flexor retinaculum. Didn't use shock wave, but considered it seriously.
  • Deep shock for SI pain seem to help. Rear Suspensories problem helped than blewout put down 10 yrs
  • Treated a deep digital tendon tear with great success. Decreased expected healing time by 1/2!
  • It was suggested for my 23 y.o. gelding's stifle & SI issues, but we resolved these otherwise.
  • Sacroiliac inflammation
  • Although we used PRP seem to immediately help the condition
  • Vet used SWT to help heal punctured DDF - not sure it made a difference.
  • surface ringbone; was very expensive and not effective
  • lower extremity laceration
  • None - my horse has never had any of these problems
  • None
  • a really effective tool for treating both injury and chronic pain.
  • splint
  • Three treatments and horse was sound
  • sesmoid desmitis
  • used to increase healing time and to relieve pain in the joint.
  • None
  • Used for knee problems but didn't help
  • ring bone. did wonders. became sound.
  • Very successful outcomes!
  • ringbone
  • Haven't tried it - but am thinking it might be good for my aged mare who is developing hock problems
  • My friend's horse had shock wave therapy done on his back.

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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