Assessment of Noninvasive Low-Frequency Ultrasound as a Means of Treating Injuries to Suspensory Ligaments in Horses: A Research Paper.
Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 80 (2019) 80-89
Therapeutic ultrasound is a noninvasive technique, which is well tolerated by horses, does not need sedation, and can easily be performed in a routine clinical setting. Twenty-three client-owned sport horses were recruited at Clinica Equina San Biagio and included in this case study. Treatment of the injured suspensory ligament apparatus was administered using an EQ Pro, low-frequency therapeutic unit (38 kHz). The noninvasive treatment consisted of massaging the injured area in combination with a traditional ultrasound gel while maintaining the head of the device in direct contact with the injured area. The results indicate that 20 of the 23 horses in this study beneﬁtted from EQ Pro treatment and, following a routine rehabilitation program, returned to competition status: a success rate of 87%. Furthermore, treatment duration was 3.3 ± 0.4 weeks on average, with a healthy outcome as assessed by ultrasound at 6.8 ± 1.9 weeks. Among the 23 horses in this study, 65% of them beneﬁtted from EQ Pro treatment of a duration of just 3.3 weeks. It is concluded that EQ Pro therapy is a promising and effective form of treatment for horses with suspensory ligament injury. It is furthermore rapid and easy to use in the Equine Veterinary Clinic setting and does not require sedation. Future studies should now focus on the mechanisms by which this new treatment activates the healing process of the suspensory ligaments of injured horses.