Shockwave & Cryotherapy
Shockwave Therapy is used to treat virtually any musculoskeletal, lameness, or soft tissue disease. The shockwave machine produces a wave or pulse that is “shot” through the body a certain depth to achieve the desired results.
These are some of the most common injuries we use this form of therapy on:
- Bowed tendons
- Fractured sesamoids
- Stress fractures
- Suspensory ligament desmitis
- Navicular disease
It provides both analgesic (reduced pain) and healing properties. Shockwave therapy has been shown to provide osteogenesis (production of bone), and neovascularization (increased blood flow). The quick and relatively pain free procedure can be done on site.
Also known as “freeze firing” uses liquid nitrogen to pinpoint and freeze superficial to deeper soft tissue or bony structures without causing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The specialized Cyrotherapy gun is what allows us to target certain tissues achieving desired results with minimal to no damage to healthier surrounding tissues.
It can be employed for analgesia and strengthening of certain structures or it can be used for destroying and removing unwanted masses such as skin tumors. This procedure can be used to destroy the “seed” which causes reoccuring sarcoids. Cryotherapy has also been used to treat “popped splints”, curbs, and torn/damaged suspensories. One permanent side effect of using Cryotherapy is that the hair usually turns white after being subjected to the extreme cold.