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Sports Medicine/Lameness

Lameness and loss of performance ability are some of the most frustrating and common issues a horse owner will encounter. A horse's mobility is vital to their everyday life and happiness. Whether your horse performs at an elite level or lives a quiet life, lameness limits activity and effects quality of life.

We understand that your goals and expectations are important considerations when dealing with any horse health issue. Our goal is to return your horse to soundness. Having an accurate diagnosis is important to develop an appropriate plan and rehabilitation schedule to help your horse recover. We work closely with you when developing a treatment approach and prevention.

There are a variety of causes, so patients often require a thorough physical examination. To accomplish this we offer regional anesthesia (nerve blocks), and advanced diagnostics including digital radiography and ultrasound imaging.

We also support local veterinarians who provide complementary services such as equine chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy.

Lameness Evaluations
Lameness is traditionally defined as any alteration of the horse's gait. Most lameness typically stems from an issue with the musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendon, bones, ligaments, or joints). We work with you to identify the lameness source and work with you to determine an appropriate and effective course of treatment. To do this we take into consideration your horse's history, evaluate the horse at rest and in motion doing his intended job, perform a thorough hands-on exam, and application of hoof testers and joint flexion tests.

Diagnostic procedures allow us to isolate the specific location and cause of lameness. Diagnostic procedures can include nerve and joint blocks, digital radiographs, ultrasound, blood, joint fluid and tissue samples. Potential treatments can include acupuncture, chiropractic, joint injections, rehabilitation programs, shockwave therapy, and more.

Joint Injections
Joint injections can be very helpful in treating horses with osteoarthritis and joint inflammation resulting from normal wear and tear or trauma. It is commonly used to treat lameness and stiffness, and has been found to aid in the healing process and help alleviate discomfort. It can be a beneficial treatment for horses from various disciplines that include Dressage, Eventing, Jumping, Western, trail riders, and more.

Digital Radiology
Digital radiology is used to view images of bone, joints, and occasionally soft tissue. The ability to see current and previous bone and joint injuries makes it an extremely useful tool for lameness evaluations. The radiographs are processed immediately and are viewed by our veterinarian with you onsite.

Digital Ultrasound
Digital ultrasound allows us to diagnose and monitor soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments. High frequency sound waves noninvasively image soft tissue, and is more sensitive to soft tissue abnormalities than radiographs. In addition to imaging tendons and ligaments, we can also image joints, bone surfaces, cartilage, sacro-iliac ligaments, and serve as a guide for therapeutic injections.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions if your horse is dealing with lameness or any sort of mobility issues.