Lameness exams require close observation of the horse in hand, lunged and under tack. Diagnostic nerve blocks may be done followed by a radiographic exam and analysis. Digital radiographs and ultrasounds provide immediate high quality images.
Before purchasing a new horse, whether it be for pleasure riding or upper level competition, it’s overall health and condition should be thoroughly investigated.
A complete physical exam, soundness performance evaluation, radiology, ultrasonography, endoscopy, blood work and drug screening can be performed.
IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) Therapy is from a relatively new group of anti-arthritis treatment.
IRAP is a naturally occurring protein that works to protect joints by occupying receptor sites on the membrane of cartilage cells. Harvested blood is incubated for 24 hours to increase anti-inflammatory and regenerative protein concentration levels. The extracted serum can be used immediately or frozen for future use. IRAP therapy is particularly useful for horses previously treated with corticosteroids with little or no improvement.
Electro Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
Electro Shockwave Therapy uses high energy pulses to stimulate the healing response in injured bone and soft tissue. The shockwaves increase circulation in the affected area, allowing new bone and soft tissue cells to form. This procedure is used to treat tendonitis, suspensory ligament injuries, fractures and arthritis. The ESWT procedure may be performed in our clinic or at your farm for your convenience.
Mesotherapy is designed to reduce muscle spasm and pain associated with the neck and back. Homeopathic and steroidal agents are injected into the skin over the affected area to affect sensory pain fibers. Substantial improvement is expected within 7-14 days. Mesotherapy may be successfully combined with shockwave and exercise management to treat more chronic conditions.