Heal Ligament Injuries with Equine Shockwave Therapy

Looking for a reliable service providing equine shockwave therapy with utmost care? Racetrack Veterinary Services is trusted by numerous equine clients in various areas of the equine industry for our excellent shockwave services. We have highly experienced Vets and Vet Nurses who work together using the most up to date technology and devices together with evidence based practice to help achieve the best results for our clients within a short time frame.


Shockwave Therapy in Horses

What is it?

Also known as Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), this therapy is used for both soft tissue and bony injuries. The treatment is scientifically backed and effective with immediate results. A hand-held device generating pressure waves is used on the damaged area with an ultrasound gel over it. As a complying agent, sedatives are used to lessen any adverse reaction to the sound and initial sensation of the treatment.



Shockwave therapy is administered to treat the following conditions:

  • Injuries to suspensory ligaments (fore and hind limbs)
  • Other ligament and tendon injuries
  • Sacroiliac pain
  • Kissing spines
  • Lumbosacral pain
  • Navicular syndrome/caudal heel syndrome/caudal foot syndrome
  • Non-union fractures treatment e.g accessory carpal bone, pedal/coffin bone, sesamoids
  • Bone spavin
  • Stress fractures
  • Splints
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Bone spavin treatment
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Bucked shins/shin soreness
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle injuries
  • SDFT tendonitis


Shockwave therapy in horses has numerous benefits which are:

  • Fast healing process due to rapid pain reduction
  • Effective for both acute and chronic conditions
  • Useful alternative to pain-killing drugs
  • No side effects and no treatment injury
  • Extremely affordable treatment
  • Fast and ultraefficient out-patient treatment
  • No visible scars or other side effects
  • Mobile shockwave units for on-site treatment
  • Needs only 3 to 5 sessions for complete treatment
  • Improve natural repair mechanisms


Exact results vary depending on the nature and condition of the tissues that are been treated.

  • Increased formation of collagen fibrils
  • Mature and parallel collagen fibres
  • Increased new blood supply
  • Tissue proliferation
  • Fast reduction in inflammation

Though the horse recovers speedily, they must have a rest period for the treatment to be long lasting after the sessions are completed before they are ready to go back on track.

What Are the Devices Used for Shockwave Therapy?

The vets at Racetrack Veterinary Services use two types of shockwave therapy devices.

  • Radial shockwave modality
  • Focused shockwave modality

The latter generates a unique waveform that is more powerful than radial machines. This uses a potentially lower dose of the wave. However, the vets look into the severity of the issue and then decide what would be the best for treatment. All devices used by our vets for the treatment is specifically and specially designed to be used on horses.

Why choose Racetrack Veterinary Service?

If you are wondering why us, here are the reasons:

  • Our vets come with a proper treatment plan. This depends on the different conditions and severity of the issue.
  • No need to visit our veterinary clinic as we have portable machines. Therefore, you get the service at your doorstep.
  • We call you two days before the next session as a reminder. Your horse will never miss a session now!
  • Any emergency needs? Call us. Our vets and vet nurses will be available at your location at the earliest.
  • Complete and gentle care for the horses. Our vets take the best care to make the process painless as much possible.

If you are looking for equine shockwave therapy on the Mornington Peninsula and Greater Melbourne areas, Racetrack Veterinary Services can offer competitive prices for individual treatment sessions and tailored treatment packages. Call our office today on 5975 6586 for more information and to book an appointment.