Shockwave therapy for treatment of a burn injury in a horse

Authors

  • J. E. Johnson,

    1. Oakhill Shockwave, 5489 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas, California 91302; Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Indiana, 50011-1250; and
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  • S. R. McClure,

    1. Oakhill Shockwave, 5489 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas, California 91302; Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Indiana, 50011-1250; and
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  • C. C. Liskey

    1. PO Box 892, Somis, California 93066, USA.
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Summary

This article describes a horse that sustained burn injury wounds over the back extending from the withers to the tail head as a result of a fire in a trailer. The extensive nature of the burn prompted investigation into treatment options which may stimulate healing. Based on current applications in human medicine, shockwave therapy was administered. This horse recovered from a substantial burn injury. Shockwave therapy may be a viable supplemental option for treating burn injuries in the horse, with no noted adverse effects.

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