Ligament & Tendon Injuries
April 21, 2008
Pain originating in the upper cannon bone area, just below the knee or hock, is common in all types of equine athletes. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what structure is injured; some injuries can only be seen with high-field MRI.... Read More
April 16, 2008
"Tendonitis of the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is a common injury in horses, especially racehorses and event horses," began Ty Wallis, DVM, a third-year resident in equine surgery at Colorado State University (CSU). "It's usually... Read More
April 10, 2008
Diagnosing lameness in horses has often been termed an art and a science, in part because the use and interpretation of nerve blocks to isolate sources of pain is more art than exact science. In recent years, several blocks have been found to... Read More
April 04, 2008
We will concentrate on the tendons and ligaments in the limbs, especially the often-injured forelimbs.... Read More
March 22, 2008
Stem cell therapy has received a good deal of attention in both human and veterinary medicine in recent years. It holds theoretical promise for treating conditions ranging from traumatic tendon and cartilage injury to liver failure, Parkinson's... Read More
February 10, 2008
In a retrospective study, researchers from the United Kingdom found that injuries to the palmar or plantar annular ligament (PAL)--the anatomic structure that holds that superficial and deep digital flexor tendons in place as they pass the fetlock... Read More
February 01, 2008
Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More
January 23, 2008
Clinicians and researchers at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) have teamed up to offer stem cell therapy to repair injured tendons and ligaments in horses.
The move provides clients with a new treatment option for... Read More
January 07, 2008
Tendon injuries are an important cause of wastage in athletic horses, particularly (when injuries occur in) energy storing tendons--such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT)--which act like springs to contribute to movement.... Read More
December 08, 2007
Researchers from The Ohio State University recently reported that a new ligament reconstruction technique involving a tissue matrix product permits early ligament healing and helps to stabilize the damaged joint.
Ligaments functio... Read More
November 19, 2007
At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, Michael Schramme, DVM, CertE, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, of North Carolina State University, discussed analgesia of the tendon sheath and its significance to digital flexor... Read More
November 16, 2007
At the AAEP Focus meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Sue Dyson, VetMB, PhD, FRCVS, head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, spoke on proximal suspensory ligament disease (PSD).
She said PSD is common in... Read More
November 13, 2007
After an illustrious career that included three victories at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, a team gold medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, team bronze and individual silver medals at the '04 Olympics, and countless other victories, Winsome Adante... Read More
November 07, 2007
When your horse is lame, a diagnosis of suspensory trouble can be discouraging, particularly if it's termed proximal suspensory desmitis (PSD). Inflammation of the upper suspensory ligament in this area can be tough and expensive to treat... Read More
November 01, 2007
See what veterinarians and owners learned during the AAEP's late summer meeting on lameness.
Want to know what veterinarians talk about when they get together? This year it was... Read More
October 24, 2007
The day after winning a big stakes race in 2005, Greg's Gold turned up in his barn with a bowed tendon--the kind of injury that depresses owners and puts expensive Thoroughbreds out to pasture forever.
Not this time.
Using stem cells... Read More
October 01, 2007
My Thoroughbred's stifles have been making a popping noise for quite some time.... Read More
November 24, 2006
"We have all these new treatment options for lameness in the horse, but with no controlled studies to indicate whether their utilization is warranted or even effective," laments Rich Redding, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine... Read More
September 14, 2006
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club gained unanimous approval Sept. 12 to install an $8 million synthetic surface from the board of directors of the agricultural district that oversees the seaside track.
Craig Fravel, Del Mar's... Read More
September 01, 2006
Tendons and ligaments in the horse are the "belts" and "cables" that hold bones in place and allow the muscles to do their jobs in creating propulsion-- forward, backward, sideways, and up and down. Because of the workload often put upon them, tendon... Read More
August 01, 2006
A Cornell University scientist recently showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can enhance healing and quality of repair at the cellular level in treating tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis. Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS... Read More
July 11, 2006
Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a common disorder in horses once thought to involve only ligaments in the legs, actually... Read More
June 30, 2006
A Cornell University researcher recently showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can enhance the healing response and quality of repair at the cellular level in treatment of tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis. Lisa A. Fortier,... Read More
June 01, 2006
"After harvesting and concentrating the stem cells in a laboratory, the stem cells and bone marrow are transferred into the damaged ligament or tendon," Herthel says. "They reproduce into normal, healthy tissue, thus improving healing and providing... Read More
June 01, 2006
Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More
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Q. I have an off-the-track Thoroughbred I purchased with a mild suspensory strain. His hock on the affected leg is always warm compared his other hock and knees. Could this mean he's compensating for the suspensory injury?