Stewart to Discuss Equine Tendon Injuries during Lecture

Stewart's presentation will focus on some of the most common tendon injuries in athletic horses, which include injuries to the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons.

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On Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m., Holly Stewart, VMD, will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and future therapies for equine tendon injuries, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, Pa.

Stewart, a resident in surgery at New Bolton Center, has an interest in the effects of injuries on bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Her presentation will focus on some of the most common tendon injuries in athletic horses, which include injuries to the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons.

Some techniques used for diagnosing equine tendon injuries include lameness examination, ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, and MRI. These injuries have many treatment options including platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) therapy, stem cell therapy, and shockwave therapy. The lecture will provide further information on the biology of tendon injuries, current therapy options, and the current development of more effective treatment and rehabilitation practices.

During the First Tuesday Lecture Series, Penn Vet faculty and clinicians share current information on topics of interest and relevance to horse owners and caregivers throughout the region via a free lecture on the first Tuesday of each month. The May 6 event will take place at the New Bolton Center's Woerner Auditorium. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Barbara Belt at beltb@vet.upenn.edu.

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