Poll: Readers Want to Know More about Shock Wave Therapy

More than 140 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What items are you aware of when it comes to treating horses with focused, shock wave technology?"

results of poll on shock wave therapy

Results were as follows:

  • None: 58.39% (87)
  • Effective for acute wounds and chronic orthopedic conditions: 33.56% (50)
  • Sound waves are delivered to customized depths (up to 110 mm): 28.19% (42)
  • Focused shock wave is covered by most insurance companies: 14.09% (21)
  • Success rates close to 90% in backs: 13.42% (20)

(Multiple selections allowed)

Readers shared their thoughts on shock wave therapy in the comments below.

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  • I know nothing and would like to learn more
  • Not that familiar with this technology.
  • I have never heared of shockwave therapy
  • Not aware of any of this
  • Its really expensive
  • I know it's expensive!
  • It is not a magic bullet and will not work on Navicular Syndrom symtoms longterm.
  • in my experience, it has worked well almost every time it has been a recommended treatment
  • Enough of the shock wave therapy discussion
  • Went from dead lame to sound & productive in 1 treatment!
  • very successful for our racing thoroughbreds
  • have used it for tendon and ligament injuries, but don't see how it works for bone
  • It was recommended for a "mystery lameness" without much information given.
  • As a Vet Tech, I think this is the best treatment for many incidents.
  • I know not all shock wave is created equal. ask your vet what he will be using
  • MUST be high energy focused devices to achieve results. MANY fakes out there with poor results!
  • Was not successful in treating kissing spine for one of my horses

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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