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Lameness

Joint Disease

February 2019

Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. The onset of pain can be sudden or long-term, and may result in an obvious lameness or the horse ‘just not being right’. Osteoarthritis, commonly shortened to arthritis, can result from a range of factors, but all result in joint inflammation and degradation. We’ll take a look at how this happens and what we can do about it.   Let’s get technical, technical!

Diagnostic Imaging Breakthroughs in Fracture Management

January 2019

The Equine Veterinary Journal has published an open access collection of articles to highlight diagnostic imaging breakthroughs in equine fracture management.  With fractures being a common occurrence in horses of all ages and breeds, the development of various imaging modalities over the past ten years is helping significantly to advance management techniques.  

Hoof Infections

December 2018

The foot abscess is a common cause of lameness and a circumstance that many horse owners will encounter at some point in time. In this article, veterinary podiatrist Luke Wells-Smith describes how they happen, the clinical signs, different types of foot infections and areas they can affect, as well as detailing the current treatment and management strategies. What is a foot abscess? A foot abscess is the accumulation of inflammatory fluid and cells within the structures of the foot. There are two types of abscess - sterile and septic.

Laminitis Research: A New Age of Understanding

December 2018

Laminitis... A condition that strikes fear into every horse owner. Long recognised as a cause of lameness, laminitis can have debilitating long-term effects on horses and ponies. It often becomes an insidious, chronic issue that requires careful management, including a constant evaluation of the diet and specialised hoof care.

Equine Joint Support Formula Two

September 2018

Why choose Joint Performance? Quite simply – our joint health supplements provide the optimal blend of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for your horse or dog. Joint support supplements can be thought of as nutrients or ‘food’ for joint health.

A Neck-Related Issue or a True Forelimb Lameness?

April 2018

A neck related issue or a true forelimb lameness? That is the question…  In this article, equine physiotherapist Nicky Suckle provides a complete overview of neck and forelimb injury and pain, including common causes and treatment options for the equine. Neck and forelimb injuries are very common in horses and, often, a neck issue is misdiagnosed as a primary forelimb lameness.  Anatomy of the spine 

How to Avoid Kissing Spines: Lessons from the Old Masters

March 2018

Adams’ 'Lameness in Horses' (1987)1 describes kissing spines as a condition of the vertebral column in horses caused by overlapping and/or impingement of the dorsal spinous processes (DSP) in the thoracic and/or lumbar vertebrae. 

A Different Perspective on Navicular

March 2018

This article was written following a fascinating presentation Prof. Robert Bowker gave at the 2015 Bowker Lectures in Victoria that was titled ‘The Good Foot: The formation of chambers and micro vessels and the effects of vibration’. Using navicular syndrome as a backdrop, Prof. Bowker presented his research findings and practical applications for providing the foot with the environment needed to develop and maintain a sound, functional structure. 

The Pros and Cons of Protective Boots

February 2018

The most common piece of protective equipment riders use on their horses is some form of protection for the lower legs. Orthopaedic problems are one of the most common reasons for a veterinarian being called to examine or treat a horse, and this does not really differ between disciplines or level of competition. But, can boots do more harm than good?  The limbs of a horse are the most common site for injury and the lower limbs (below the knee) more common than the upper limbs. The forelimbs are also more likely to be injured than the hindlimbs. 

Splints

February 2018

‘Splint’ is the common name given to an inflammatory condition of the splint bones involving injury to the interosseous ligament, or to the periosteum (the soft tissue covering bone) of the splint or adjacent bones.  It usually occurs in young, growing horses involved in heavy training, but can also originate from tearing of the interosseous ligament, external trauma to the bone or as a secondary condition to healing of a fracture. 

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