Equine Lameness Treatment For Your Horse
The equine veterinarians at 3H have innovative and effective lameness solutions. We strive to keep abreast of new developments and advancements in medicine relating to performance horses.
Locate The Lameness… New, Cutting Edge Diagnostic Tool
If your horse’s lameness has been difficult to diagnose or resistant to treatment, our new, cutting edge technology tool can pinpoint the problem.
How? By determining the following:
- IF chronic but discreet lameness is present in horses with poor performance
- WHEN the lameness is only felt by the rider
- WHICH of multiple lame limbs is the primary source and origin of pain
- DEGREE of improvement before and after nerve blocks or other therapy
(And equally important, to identify potential problems before they become clinically evident)
With our digital x-ray machines, we provide superior image quality. This has increased our diagnostic capability by helping detect very small problems which were not visible on traditional x-ray films. Due to its portability, we can give our clients immediate answers in the field. We believe we can diagnose problems easily before they become a serious issue.
Soft tissue injuries account for a large part of lameness seen in sport horses. With our digital ultrasound equipment, we can produce high resolution images of your horse’s tendons and ligaments to accurately diagnose a multitude of condition such as:
- Suspensory ligament injuries
- Bowed tendons
- Collateral ligaments
- Cartilage thickness in joint
Some equine athletes may suffer from chronic pain or lameness that leads to periods of prolonged rest or lengthy treatments. Shockwave therapy is a new modality that may help by stimulating the horse’s natural repair process. Shockwave is suitable for ligament damage, tendon tears, back problems, joint disease (ringbone, hock arthritis), splints, bucked shins and fractures.
Stem cells therapy can be used for joint problems, tendon or ligament injuries, and bone cysts. Stem cells contribute to healing because they help build new tissue. They also have anti-inflammatory effects on tissue.
IRAP is cutting-edge regenerative medicine used to treat arthritis. It has a potent anti-inflammatory effect on the protein thataccelerates the destruction of cartilage. When cartilage is destroyed, lameness results.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Ligaments and tendons can suffer from injury. Ligaments can also degenerate over time. Sometimes, the normal healing process doesn’t achieve the adequate level of soundness. To help these injuries to tendons and ligaments, platelet rich plasma ( PRP ) may be a good option. It is injected directly into the injured tissue. This treatment helps assure the injury is completely healed and the risk of re-injury is lessened. PRP provides an alternative to surgery.
Tildren is an European drug developed to treat lameness associated with boney abnormalities. Cells called osteoblasts break down bone and then osteoclasts rebuild new bone. When the bone becomes injured, the action of the osteoblasts is enhanced resulting in more breakdown of bone than is rebuilt. Tildren acts to suppress the action of the osteoclasts and enhance the osteoblasts, resulting in increased bone density. We have used Tildren to treat navicular disease, pedal osteitis, ringbone, kissing spine, and arthritic hock with good results.
Laminitis can be a ruthless, and often life threatening, disease. We are trained to stabilize the condition and then apply advanced treatment methods. Using radiographic guidance, we will work with your farrier to provide the best bio-mechanical type of shoe to promote healing.
“No foot, no horse.” – The equine foot is very susceptible to injury and disease. We believe in using radiographs and working with farriers to create a sound horse rather than one with chronic lameness problems.