Lameness and Sports Medicine

Torre Xray FetLameness is the most common cause of poor performance in the equine athlete. We will work with you to identify the cause of lameness or poor performance and to develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan. We take into account the history of the horse and the presenting complaint, a thorough physical exam, gait evaluation, flexion tests, and diagnostic nerve or joint blocks in order to localize the source of lameness. We then perform imaging (radiographs and/or ultrasound) to determine the cause. Finally, we combine all of the information gathered to develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan suited to the individual horse and rider/owner.

US StifWe can diagnose the majority of lameness cases at your farm. Haul in cases are welcome from our local clients and from those outside of our practice area.

Digital Radiography
Our state of the art digital X-ray system provides excellent image quality. We assess the bone structure and joints to accurately diagnose the cause of lameness and determine prognosis. We also use X-rays to follow the progression of an injury or disease process.

Digital Ultrasound
Digital ultrasound uses noninvasive sound waves to form an image of soft tissue structures and boney surfaces. This allows us to identify injuries, determine prognosis, and monitor healing during the course of rehabilitation. Ultrasound is also used to accurately inject cervical (neck) and thoracolumbar Torre inj h(back) facets, sacroiliac joints, and soft tissue injuries with appropriate therapy. In addition to imaging tendons, ligaments, and joint surfaces, we use ultrasonography to image the thorax and abdomen in cases of respiratory disease, colic and other GI abnormalities, hernias, umbilical infections, and reproduction.

We offer upper airway and gastric endoscopy. Upper airway endoscopy is the only accurate way to asses a horse’s airway function. Common performance limiting conditions that we diagnose include laryngeal paralysis, dorsal displacement of the soft palate, epiglottic entrapment and guttural pouch disease. We also provide gastric endoscopy to diagnose stomach ulcers, a common cause of poor performance.

• Therapeutic joint injections
• Ultrasound guided sacroiliac and thoracolumbar injections (back)
• Ultrasound guided cervical facet injections (neck)
• Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
• Mesotherapy
• Regenerative therapy
• Tildren and Osphos

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In addition to traditional options, we are excited to be able to offer regenerative therapy for treatment of osteoarthritis and joint and soft tissue injuries. These treatment options allow us to treat your horse with cells and proteins produced by the horse, minimizing the use of medications such as steroids.

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