Lameness

Specialists on our team of staff veterinarians include certified members of the International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP). Our areas of expertise range from subtle lamenesses issues to more complex multi-limb abnormalities. 

Lameness Examinations and Nerve Blocking

We assess the entire musculoskeletal system through a thorough examination including palpation, flexion and gait evaluation. Perineural anesthesia (a.k.a. nerve block injections) may be used to narrow down the source of the lameness by interrupting the transmission of the pain signal to the brain. Nerve blocks are typically applied beginning at the lowest (most distal) part of the limb and systematically working up the leg. When the painful area is below the anesthetized region, the horse no longer perceives the pain and its gait will temporarily improve. By observing the horse's gait after each progressive injection, the veterinarian can establish which area to focus on with diagnostic imaging to verify the cause of the lameness. We offer a variety of advanced diagnostics including radiography, ultrasound, CT imaging and nuclear scintigraphy (bone scans).

Lameness Treatments

Many lameness issues can be resolved by providing radiographs to and consulting with your farrier to adjust your horse's shoes or hoof trimming profile. Your veterinarian may suggest oral supplements or injections to alleviate joint inflammation. We also offer therapeutic modalities including Pro-Stride therapy, stem cell therapy, IRAP, PRP, laser therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture. When a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation program is indicated, we refer to and work very closely with Premier Equine Center and others. If surgery is indicated, our staff specialists include Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgery (DACVS) and our hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art surgical suites.

 

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