Understanding PulseVet Shock Wave therapy

Backed by over 15 years of research, PulseVet Shock Wave therapy uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate and speed the body’s own healing process.

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See how shock wave therapy stimulates tissue and bone formation

How does it work?

The PulseVet Shock Wave System produces high-energy sound waves, which stimulate cells and release healing growth factors in the body that reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, accelerate bone formation, and enhance wound healing.

Only the electrohydraulic technology used in the PulseVet System creates a true shock wave at all energy settings – a key differentiator in ensuring efficacy. This allows the therapy to reach deeper, targeting areas that other modalities cannot.



*Reference human and cell studies





*Reference human and cell studies

PulseVet Shock Wave technology is backed by decades of research and evidence-based data

Equine Research

Significant improvement in the quality of tendon repair1


positive outcome in equine back recovery cases, with results lasting up to 6 months or longer2

Effective decrease in lameness associated with navicular syndrome in 81% of horses3

Significant improvement in equine osteoarthritis cases compared to sham group4

Significantly shortened healing time for wounds5

3 treatments of ESWT 2 weeks apart is shown to treat horses with thoracolumbar pain6

Small Animal Research

Significant increase in weight bearing ability post-TPLO7


increase in peak vertical force following treatment for canine elbow osteoarthritis8
(compared with a decrease of 2.6% in the untreated group)

Significantly improved bone healing 8 weeks after TPLO surgery9

(compared to untreated dogs)


of dogs showed long-term improvement in shoulder lameness10


of pets with lumbosacral disease experienced improvement following a single treatment, with effects lasting 13 months or longer11

Significant reduction in distal ligament thickness after canine TPLO surgery12

1Ana Liz G. Alves, Brunna Patrícia Almeida da Fonseca, Renée L. Amorim, Armen Thomassian, Carlos A. Hussni, José Luis M. Nicoletti Effects of extracorporeal shock wave treatment on equine tendon healing. International Society for Musculoskeletal Shockwave Therapy 2A. Kent Allen, Susan Johns, Sallie S. Hyman, Margaret D. Sislak, Stephanie Davis, Josephy Amory (2010) How to Diagnose and Treat Back Pain in the Horse. AAEP Proceedings, Vol. 56 3Scott McClure, Richard B. Evans, Kristine G. Miles, Eric L. Reinertson, Jan F. Hawkins, Clifford M. Honnas (2004) Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Treatment of Navicular Syndrome. AAEP Proceddings, Vol. 50 4David D. Frisbee, Christopher E. Kawcak, C. Wayne McIlwraith (2009) Evaluation of the effect of extracorporeal shock wave treatment on experimentally induced osteoarthritis in middle carpal joints of horses. AJVR, Vol 70, No. 4 5Scott McClure, Dean Morgan, Eric Reinertson, Michael J. Yaeger Should we expect similar effects of extracorporeal shockwave therapy on wounds of different species? International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment 6L. R. Trager, R. A. Fund, K. S. Clapp, L. A. Dahlgren, S. R. Werre, D. R. Hodgson, R. S. Pleasant (2019) Extracorporeal shockwave therapy raises mechanical nociceptive threshold in horses with thoracolumbar pain. Equine Veterinary Journal 7Kate Barnes, Alex Faludi, Catherine Takawira, Karanvir Aulakh, Nathalie Rademacher, Chin-Chi Liu, Mandi J. Lopez (2019) Extracorporeal shock wave therapy improves short-term limb use after canine tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. The American College of Veterinary Surgeons 8DL Millis, M Drum, D Whitlock Effect of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on Elbow Osteoarthritis in Dogs University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine 9N. R. Kieves, C. S. MacKay, K. Adducci, S. Raok C. Goh, R. H. Palmer, F. M. Duerr (2015) High energy focused shock wave therapy accelerates bone healing. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology 10Willem Becker, Michael P. Kowalski, Robert J. McCarthy, Cara A. Black (2015) Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Shoulder Lameness in Dogs. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 11Young Joo Kim, Linda Jenkins-Muschetto, Edward B. Leeds Qualitative Evaluation of ESWT for Treatment of Cauda Equine Syndrome in Dogs and Cats. SurgicalGroup for Animals 12Alissa Gallagher, Alan R. Cross, Gustavo Sepulveda (2011) The Effect of Shock Wave Therapy on Patellar Ligament Desmitis after Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. Veterinary Surgery 41 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons

How is PulseVet Shock Wave different from laser therapy?

Shock wave therapy uses SOUND energy, whereas laser therapy uses LIGHT energy.

Shock wave treatments create a higher energy output and penetrate deeper than laser therapy. Laser therapy is more suited for superficial conditions.

1-3 treatments provide long-term healing with shock wave and results typically last up to 12 months. Lasers may require 10-15 treatments for any given injury and the healing has not been studied or proven to last long-term.

There is no risk of burns with sound energy like there is with laser.

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