Lameness Exams & Treatment
Diagnosing and treating equine lameness is one of the most challenging practices facing your equine veterinarian today. For horse owners, it can be one of the most frustrating. This is because finding the cause of your horse's lameness can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Our commitment to continuing education allows us to practice with state of the art knowledge and diagnostics, giving your horse the best hope for soundness.
Equine Lameness Examinations:
Your horse's lameness exam often resembles trying to solve a puzzle. Achieving the goal, in solving the puzzle, and therefore the lameness depends on an accurate diagnosis. Though this sounds elementary, in practice lameness problems can be difficult to pinpoint and can take a significant amount of time and patience. With a detailed history, the exam often begins with trotting on a lead in a straight line and at times on different types of surfaces. We like to see the horse longed in a circle as this places torque on the legs and often makes the lameness stand out more clearly. On occasion we need to see the horse ridden so it’s very important to have your tack available at the time of the exam just in case this is needed.
Equine Lameness Treatment:
The reasons for a horse's lameness are various, and so are the treatments. All horses seen for a lameness issue will have a treatment program tailored for them based on the lameness diagnosis and the health history of the horse. Treatments include, but are not limited to, Stem Cell Therapy, Microscopic Laser Surgery, Arthoscopic Surgery, Anti-Inflammatory Therapy, Antibiotics, Joint Medications, Joint Lavage, and Casts.
Alternative therapies may also be employed: Acupuncture, Cold Laser Therapy, Ultrasound, and Heat Therapy.