Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy has become increasingly popular as a form of treatment and at Oakhill we are proud to be one of the first vets in the North West to offer this service to our clients.

What is shockwave therapy?

Extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) provides a non-invasive approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in the horse. Shockwaves are energy-laden sound waves which are directed at the affected area and trigger the body’s own repair and healing mechanisms.

The procedure can be done either on your yard or in our equine clinic, to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Soft tissue injuries such as flexor tendon strains, suspensory ligament sprains, annular ligament syndrome/inflammation.
  • Chronic orthopaedic conditions such as pain associated with arthritis e.g. spavin, caudal foot pain or navicular syndrome.
  • Persistent pain associated with active ‘splint’ formation and ‘sore shins’.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders of the back- vertebral arthrosis, dorsal spinous process impingement or ‘kissing spines’, sacroiliac strains.


  • decrease in inflammation
  • new blood vessel formation
  • collection of repair cells at the injury site
  • production of an innate substance which improves the quality of healing
  • stimulates the body to recruit stem cells to become specialised healed tissue
  • short to mid-term localised pain relief