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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the neovet a focused device?

Yes it is. The focal zones extend 21 x 64mm for the standard probe and 10 x 64mm for the power probe, thus providing large effective treatment areas.

2. Why only two probes?

Penetration of sound is regulated primarily by increasing or decreasing the energy. Each of the neovet’s two probes have a distinct energy range: the standard probe from low to medium and the power probe from medium to high energy density – giving the user 12 distinct energy levels to choose from.

Older technologies had a needle fine treatment area. In order to project the treatment area onto lesions of varying depth these systems required a number of different treatment heads or standoffs.

3. What is good about a large focal area?

In musculo-skeletal applications, the desired effect is a biologic effect which is mediated by a cellular response to shockwaves. It follows, that the more cells are targeted with each pulse the greater the biologic effect will be. Of course there is a threshold below which there is no response. The best design therefore is to have the biggest possible treatment area while maintaining energy levels exceeding the biologic thresholds.

4. Will the cost of refurbishment rise?

No. The price for refurbishment is guaranteed for the lifetime of the device.

5. Can shockwave therapy be used in conjunction with other treatments?

Yes, it can. In fact many practitioners commonly use it in conjunction with PRP and Stem Cell injections as well as mesotherapy. Call us for more information!

6. How do shockwaves work?

Shockwaves simulate trauma without doing trauma – and in doing so, trigger the cascade of events that naturally follows real trauma: the body’s own biologic repair and healing response. Example: if someone kicked you in the shin it would hurt, and it would continue to hurt because real trauma was done. If you shockwaved your shin it would cause acute pain. However, as soon as you stop shockwaving the pain is gone: no trauma. In both cases the pain triggers the body’s repair and healing response. Shockwaves just does this without causing harm!

7. What are the clinical/biologic effects of shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy has been shown to elicit a number of biologic responses. It is important to note that the specific response is cell dependent.

Mechanism of action:
• Increased blood supply through vasodilation and new vessel formation
• Anti-inflammatory effects, e.g. downregulation of certain MMPs
• Activation and recruitment of autologous stem cells
• Upregulation of a number of growth factors, e.g. VEGF, PDGF, TGF, BMP etc

Clinical effects:
• Increased blood supply
• Improved soft tissue healing and regeneration
• Better quality of final repair
• Improved bone remodeling and fracture healing
• Reactivation of repair process in chronic injuries

8. Where is the neovet serviced?

The neovet is serviced and repaired in our offices just outside Atlanta. Our lead technician has over 15 years’ experience servicing shockwave devices.

9. Is shockwave therapy covered by insurance?

Yes, many insurance companies pay for shockwave treatment so long as the system is a focused, high powered device such as the neovet. Radial devices on the other hand are not covered. A typical reimbursement rate is $1200 for a series of up to 3x treatments.

10. Is it safe?

Most definitely. In fact, one of the hallmark features of shockwave therapy is that it is so safe. It has been used in veterinary medicine since 1999 and thousands and thousands of horses have received shockwave treatment without any serious side effects.

11. Why Shockwave Therapy is the smartest choice?

Shockwave therapy has become a staple in a majority of lameness practices with equine veterinarians across the US and Europe – because it works. Shockwaves trigger the body's biologic repair mechanism by simulating trauma without causing trauma; they are a strong call-to-action signal. Essentially, shockwaves work by activating a horse's natural healing response and can be applied safely and easily without the risk of any side effects.