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Versatron Shockwave Technology

At Whole Horse, we are committed to providing you with the best possible care for your horse. To this end, we are now introducing a new technology into our practice-Versatron Shockwave Therapy! We are one of the first practices in our area of Michigan to be providing this new and effective therapy.

Initially used to treat musculo-skeletal problems and kidney stones in humans, this same shockwave technology has been found to be highly effective in treating many lameness and musculo-skeletal problems in horses. Using hydraulic pressure, soundwaves are generated by the machine that penetrate the horse’s tissue, where they result in the release of beneficial bio-chemicals and stimulate the growth of new blood supply to injured areas, as well as providing pain relief. The treatment is done by saturating the horse’s hair with ultrasound gel and then using a special probe to transmit the generated soundwaves into the horse’s tissue through the skin.

The Versatron system is unique in that it uses electro-hydraulic technology, the gold standard in human medicine. Previous equine shockwave machines used waves generated by an air-compressor. The electro-hydraulic technology allows for much better penetration to areas that used to be difficult to treat with shockwave therapy including the back, lumbo-sacral region, and navicular area. The electro-hydraulic technology makes such a difference that it is now the only type of ShockWave Treatment covered by many equine medical insurance policies. This type of Shockwave machine has multiple transducer heads of different sizes, to allow the veterinarian to customize the treatment to the specific area being treated. It also allows the veterinarian to control the power of the soundwaves generated, which allows us to get the shockwave therapy specifically to the area of injury.


Shockwave therapy is very safe for the horse. Unlike surgical or injectable treatment options, it does not require sterility, prolonged recovery time, or bandaging, and does not present any risk from needle puncture.For hock and stifle problems, as well as sesamoiditis, it can be an excellent option for the owner who wants to avoid joint injections, or the horse who does not tolerate needles well. Although the horse is generally lightly sedated to prevent movement during therapy, the treatment is easily done in the standing horse, does not require clipping of the treated area, can be done on the farm,and takes only 10-20 minutes. Most horses improve quickly with responses being seen in 7-10 days.

Some conditions that can be treated with Shockwave therapy include:

  • Suspensory injuries and suspensory desmititis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Tendon Injuries and Tendinitis
  • “Bucked Shins”
  • Stress Fractures
  • DJD of the Hock
  • Stifle ligament injuries and gonitis
  • Lumbo-sacral and Sacro-illiac pain and strains
  • Back pain, including “Kissing spines”
  • Navicular Disease
  • Non-healing wounds

For more information about Versatron Shockwave Therapy, visit www.pulsevet.com  , where you can find information for owners, and find references to some of the many studies done with the Versatron machine.
To find out about how we can use ShockWave therapy to help your horse, call us or send an email to info@WholeHorseVetServices.com


Denise Bickel DVM
Whole Horse Veterinary Services
Phone # 517-474-4050
Fax # 517-764-7710
3906 Seymour Rd
Jackson, MI 49201


Hours--Mon, Thurs, Fri from 11 am to 8pm, and Sat and Sun 10 am-4 pm

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