There are numerous causes for your horse to be lame, this can make diagnosis difficult and be stressful for yourself. Our equine vets will aim to deal with the problem succinctly and compassionately to reduce the stress. We can use a combination of clinical examination, flexion tests, nerve blocks, ultrasound and x-
Nerve blocks involve the injection of local anaesthetic around the nerves at various points of the limb to block sensation below the injection site. If the lameness improves or is eradicated we can localise the problem to a specific area and then concentrate our diagnostic efforts accordingly. Many horses will accept nerve blocks as the needles we use are very fine; occasionally however, it will be necessary to use a short acting sedative to get our patients to stand politely.
Ultrasound is particularly useful for diagnosing and monitoring soft tissue problems, such as flexor tendon injuries. Our machine enables us to accurately diagnose injuries such as tears and sprains and then to check how healing is progressing once the recovery phase has started.
If your horse is lame, or you are suspicious that there may be an issue affecting performance, please call us straight away; it is often easier to diagnose and treat a disease or injury earlier in the disease process than later.
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