UltrOZ Equine Ultrasound Therapy
The UltrOZ™ Elite is the most effective and longest lasting means of providing clinically effective Low Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound (LITUS).
Ultrasound therapy has been used by Veterinarians for decades to treat common soft tissue and bone fracture injuries. Issues treated using ultrasound include:
- Tendon & Suspensory Injuries
- Muscle Strains & Tears
- Fracture and Bone Chip Repair
- Minor strains, bumps, bruises, & inflammation
Developed by researchers at Cornell University, UltrOZ Elite makes Ultrasound, an effective and well regarded therapy, easy to use.
No more active administration, no more large machines!
Attaching the device is quick and easy. Simply place the device near the injury using the specially engineered neoprene wraps and ultrasound gel. Turn the device on and therapy begins. Estimated preparation time is 5 minutes or less. Treatment times range 3 - 5 hours without any active supervision required.
Ultrasound therapy is scientifically proven to increase healing and provide pain relief. You cannot over-treat with UltrOZ and internal fail safes prevent thermal injury risk. UltrOZ Elite is a safe, easy to use system for daily treatment of frustrating injuries. Click here to read articles from Sidelines and Horse Journal on the Ultroz. (pdf)
The Ultroz Elite includes:
- Ultroz Ultrasound Transducer and Battery Pack
- Ultroz Ultrasound Gel (4 oz.)
- 1 Small Standard Wrap and 1 Large Hock Wrap
- Ruggedized Carrying Case
Watch how Margie Engle, McLain Ward and Ian Millar help their horses heal faster and recover stronger with UltrOZ!
"The horse was 40% improved at 7 days, 100% sound at 2 weeks. The splint reduced in size 50% by week 3. The speed of return to soundness and the rapid reduction in the size of the splint were the atypical components of the outcome compared to the normal case. The horse has remained sound and back into work 6 weeks later." -Dr. Chris Newton, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
"It is my veterinary medical opinion that UltrOZ therapeutic ultrasound is responsible for the majority of increased fracture healing noted in the past 30 days. This particular system is ideal because it is very user-friendly, which allows the barn manager or trainer to apply the therapy daily without a licensed therapist or veterinarian involved." -Dr. Holly Schmitt DVM, Hagyard
"UltrOZ has the potential to significantly help animals suffering from pain and reduce the need for invasive therapies." -Dr. Andrea Looney Cornell Veterinary Hospital
"Therapeutic Ultrasound is one of the most respected and certainly the most researched forms of therapy in the field of medicine. The UltrOZ is an incredibly versatile tool that allows this type of rehabilitation and performance therapy to safely be in the hands of anyone" -Janus Marquis Equine Physiotherapist, U.S. Show Jumping Team
"We saw beneficial results, and we believe this tool has a viable future in the physical therapy world" -Dr. Grant Miller DVM, Horse Journal
"We found UltrOZ to be effective against chronic pain in horses. It is easy to apply and small enough that horses are not bothered by its presence." -Mimi Porter Equine Therapist
"I can honestly say that I've seen some very positive results. UltrOZ has cut days off the healing process for strains and bruises and has helped me maintain my horse athletes." -Coach Dave Eldredge Cornell Male and Female Polo coach
"We used it every morning at the show before she was ridden and everyday she came out of her stall even looser up front than the day before. I would say that the right fetlock is probably half the size it was before we started using the unit. We also used it on the big grey horse for his splint and within 1 treatment the golfball sized splint was almost completely gone." -Kriston and Sam Kosinksi Sunset Ridge Farm
"We have used the UltrOZ machine for about two months and have seen marked improvement in our horses. In a program like ours, with many horses in training, it is important for therapy and maintenance to be time and cost efficient. The UltrOz machine fits this requirement and gives us results!" -Colleen and Tim McQuay McQuay Stables
"The filly never exhibited any soreness in the suspensory ligament, which is unusual with splints this size. The splint was reduced in size by 30% over the 4 week period of use. The reduction of splint size during an increase in exercise activity was atypical and positively correlated with the use of the UltrOZ therapeutic unit." -Dianne Volze Equine Therapist
Published Research on Low Intensity Therapeutic Ultrasound (LITUS™)
Low intensity ultrasound therapy was originally developed as a bone fracture repair therapy for non-union fractures. Scientists and clinicians found that longer duration, low intensity therapy helped to increase the natural healing rate of the body. LITUS therapies later expanded into soft tissue healing applications like tendon and ligament healing. Read a full summary compilation of low intensity ultrasound therapy in published research.
The published studies below are examples of research completed within the last decade showing the efficacy of LITUS treatments
1. Yeung et al. "Pulsed Ultrasound Treatment Accelerates the Repair of Achilles Tendon Rupture in Rats, " Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 24:193–201, 2006 "Findings suggested that Pulsed Ultrasound was able to accelerate the healing of the ruptured tendons. Results showed more regular, denser, and better aligned collagen fibers in the healing scar of the PUS-treated healing tendons."
2. Papatheodorou et al. "Effect Of Transosseous Application Of Low-Intensity Ultrasound At The Tendon Graft-Bone Interface Healing," Ultrasound in Med. & Biol., Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 576–584, 2009 "Findings suggest that transosseous application of LiUS enhances the healing rate of the tendon graft-bone interface."
1. Min et al. "Effects of low-intensity ultrasound (LIUS) stimulation on human cartilage explants," Scand J Rheumatol 2006;35:305–311 "LIUS has anabolic effects on human cartilage in explant cultures, indicating a potentially important method for the repair of osteoarthritic cartilage."
2. Naito et al. "Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound (LIPUS) Increases the Articular Cartilage Type II Collagen in a Rat Osteoarthritis Model," Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 28:361–369, 2010 "LIPUS is likely to increase the type II collagen synthesis in articular cartilage, possibly via the activation of chondrocytes and induction of type II collagen mRNA expression."
1. Claes et al. "The enhancement of bone regeneration by ultrasound," Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 93 (2007) 384–398 "LIPUS treatment has led to increased callus area and accelerated return of bone strength following fracture. Histological studies suggest that LIPUS influences all major cell types involved in bone healing, including osteoblasts, osteoclasts, chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells."
2. Leung et al. "Low-Magnitude High-Frequency Vibration Accelerates Callus Formation, Mineralization, and Fracture Healing in Rats," Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 27:458–465, 2009 "Results showed the acceleration of callus formation, mineralization, and fracture healing in the treatment group. It is concluded that LMHFV enhances healing in the closed femoral shaft fracture."
Therapeutic Ultrasound Case Studies
1) Rood & Riddle - Dr. Chris Newton, DVM
Horse Information: Nine year old, thoroughbred, gelding. Mid level event horse. Condition: Acute presentation of 3/5 lameness on the right forelimb. A new splint had formed on the proximal aspect of the 4th metacarpal bone of the right fore. The horse blocked to regional local anesthesia of the splint and suspensory ligament. Radiographs revealed no fracture but active periosteal proliferation of the splint. Ultrasound of the suspensory ligament showed mild inflammation at the region associated with the splint. Treatment Protocol: The horse was treated with the anti-inflammatory Equioxx for 10 days. A regional injection at the splint/suspensory interface of betamethasone / serapinlpredef was done. The horse was stall rested for 7 days, stalled and tack walked for 7 days. Small paddock with tack walk for remainder of 30 days. An UltrOZ therapeutic ultrasound unit was introduced 2 days after the initial injection. Treatment was performed for 4 or more hours daily for 3 consecutive weeks. The unit was used under a standing bandage to hold in place. The unit stayed in place for overnight treatment every day for 3 weeks with no difficulties. Treatment Outcome: Lameness was 40% improved at 7 days, 100% sound at 2 weeks. The splint was reduced in size by 50% by week 3. Doctor/Therapist Comments: The speed of return to soundness and the rapid reduction in the size of the splint were the atypical components of the outcome compared to the normal case. The horse has remained sound back into work 6 weeks later.
2) Churchill Downs, Kentucky – Therapist Dianne Volze
Horse Information: Subject was a 2 yr old thoroughbred filly. The filly had been in race training on a farm and was moving up to the next level of training by coming to the Churchill Downs race track Condition: The filly arrived at the track with a large splint on the right front leg, medial aspect. No lameness upon arrival but owner concerned about injury due to increased activity level in training. Treatment Protocol: The UltrOZ unit was applied to the caudal aspect of the splint, covering the suspensory ligament as well. It was applied from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, 7 days a week from 10/22 to 11/20. No other treatments were performed. Treatment Outcome: The filly never exhibited any soreness in the suspensory ligament, which is unusual with splints this size. The splint was reduced in size by 30% over the 4 week period of use. Doctor/Therapist Comments: The trainer and Equine Therapist were very happy with the results of treatment. The reduction of splint size during an increase in exercise activity was atypical and positively correlated with the use of the UltrOZ therapeutic unit.
1) Lexington, KY - Dr. Holly Schmitt
Horse Information: The horse under trial was a grand prix jumper Condition: Fractured accessory carpal bone in July 2010 over a warm-up fence before a jump-off. It was a simple fracture with no displacement and no damage to the structures through the carpal canal on ultrasonographic exam. Treatment Protocol: Beginning in October 2010, the subject received 3 additional shock wave treatments one week apart, a treatment of Tildren, and the addition of the UltrOZ portable therapeutic ultrasound treatment applied for 4-6 hours daily for 30 consecutive days.Treatment Outcome: Lameness was 40% improved at 7 days, 100% sound at 2 weeks. The splint was reduced in size by 50% by week 3. Doctor/Therapist Comments: It is my veterinary medical opinion that UltrOZ therapeutic ultrasound is responsible for the majority of increased healing noted in the past 30 days. Tildren’s mechanism of action is to inhibit bony resorption, so while this is aiding in the healing process it does not account for the increased bony production recorded. The therapeutic ultrasound applied daily in a focal manner helps to increase blood supply to the area and deliver pro-inflammatory cells that stimulate bone remodeling and healing. This particular system is ideal because it is very user-friendly, which allows the barn manager or trainer to apply the therapy daily without a licensed therapist or veterinarian involved.
Tendons & Ligaments:
1) Wellington, FL - Dr. Suzan Oakley
Horse Information: 16 year old Hanoverian mare Condition: RF distal check ligament injury Treatment Protocol: On January 12, 2011 I examined and videoed the mare on the lunge line before treatment. She showed Grade I lameness RF. She was then put in the stall and the UltrOZ wearable ultrasound applied to the affected area for 4 hours during the first day. The ultrasound unit was subsequently applied daily for 4 hours before riding over the course of 3 weeks. Doctor/Therapist Comments: I feel that this appears to be an effective treatment modality.
2) DeLeon Springs, Florida – Gwen Poulin
Horse Information: 16 year old Dutch gelding, 17.3 hands, does grand prix level dressage Condition: Right hind leg high suspensory injury with a 4 month layup ( January 19, 2011 started back to light trot work daily and walking on treadmill) Treatment Protocol: Added UltrOZ wearable ultrasound for 4 hours daily, DMSO with cortisone applied to skin, standing wraps in the evening. Treatment duration was 6 weeks. Horse in light work and walking on treadmill. Treatment Outcome: Horse has returned to soundness without heating or swelling during activity. Due for a ultrasound checkup March 21st to see possible visible results Doctor/Therapist Comments: I am happy with the ultrasound, my horse is sound and back to work.
3) Elk River, MN – Dr. Tracy Turner
Horse Information: 12 year old Dressage 1st level Paint Condition: RH medial branch suspensory ligament tear Treatment Protocol: treated average 1 hr/ day for 6weeks Treatment Outcome: Excellent. This lesion had failed to respond to other therapies and finally we see excellent improvement in echogenicity and fiber alignment. Doctor/Therapist Comments: Excellent. Very happy.