Sports Medicine and Lameness Examinations
Horses are elite athletes and as with human athletes, horses suffer from sport related injuries that require diagnosis and treatment plans. Sports medicine is a core service provided at Crum Equine Veterinary Service. To keep horses at peak performance, we can perform in-depth evaluations at your farm, stable, show grounds or racetrack and prescribe treatment plans to keep your horses performing at their peak.
Lameness is the most common cause of loss of use in horses. Lameness can be caused by trauma, congential or acquired disorders, infection, or nervous and circulatory system diseases. It is critical to correctly determine the cause of the lameness, because treatment varies greatly depending on the cause. Diagnosis is facilitated by digital radiography, ultrasound, and diagnostic blocks. Cutting edge therapies include,
but are not limited to: joint injections, shockwave therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), IRAP therapy, and mesotherapy.
Many of these modalities are discussed later under their own headings. Candidates for major surgical procedures are referred to a referral hospital for surgery.