Diagnostics

A diagnosis is the most important part of any lameness exam. Our goal is to find out where and why a horse is sore or why performance has diminished.  By correctly diagnosing the problem we can tailor the best therapy and rehabiliation program for your horse.

All examinations follow a specific and systematic approach which may include a physical exam, palpation, jogging, flexion tests and/or manipulation of the limbs, neck and back.  Further tests include hoof-tester exam, observation of the horse being lunged, ridden and utilizing our computerized sensor gait analysis technology.

The Lameness Locator utilizes sensor technology combined with jogging, flexion tests, and lunging the horse on hard and soft surfaces to assess motion analysis.

In clinic or stable side digital radiography provides immediate high-quality X-rays.

The practice is known for its referral ultrasonographic expertise and has invested in two Digital ultrasound machines.   These are used to evaluate your horses’ tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles as well as hard to look at areas like the pelvis and back.  Ultrasound is used to complement radiographic findings, surgical planning and ultrasound guided injections.

Suspected sites of lameness are then confirmed by either a nerve or joint “blocks”.  Blocking involves local anesthesia injected around the nerve or directly into the joint which numbs the area of suspicion. Upper limb, head, neck and back injections are done under ultrasound guidance.  Blocking is carried out until the horse becomes sound.

Many cases thought to be one problem, turn out to be something completely different, so if your horse is stopping, resistant, or not using himself properly, don’t hesitate to have him evaluated.