Focused high-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy is available to treat a wide variety of equine injuries from bucked shins and saucer fractures to proximal suspensory desmitis and other tendon and ligament injuries.
A series of focused high-energy ultrasound waves are directed into the injured tissue. For tendon and ligament injuries a series of three treatments administered three weeks apart is usually recommended.
A single treatment may be all that is needed for a horse with bucked shins or a saucer fracture.
Stem cell therapy is a recent and developing area of treatment for equine injuries that has shown has shown positive healing results in tendon, ligament and joint injuries in horses. Current research has begun to shed light on the best applications and techniques for the use of stem cell therapy.
Stem cells are found in higher concentrations in bone marrow and fat. To obtain therapeutic amounts of these stem cells, bone marrow or fat is collected, processed, and injected into a patient’s affected areas.