Recent News for Injuries & Lameness

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Measuring Joint Damage

March 05, 2003

New research is leading veterinarians one step closer to being able to detect the first stages of cartilage damage in joints, which could lead to crippling osteoarthritis. Researchers eventually want to analyze joint fluid or blood samples... Read More

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Ouch! That Hurts!

March 01, 2003

Pain. The Merriam-Webster electronic dictionary defines pain as 1: punishment; 2: usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury); also, a basic bodily sensation induced by a... Read More

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Treating Shoulder Lameness

March 01, 2003

There is an uncommon type of shoulder lameness in horses that produces a dropped elbow and flexing of the carpus (knee) and pastern at rest. At work, affected horses are typically severely lame with a significantly decreased forward phase of the... Read More

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When Your Horse's Muscles Ache

March 01, 2003

Equine muscle injuries are often elusive, leading to frustration for the rider and a challenging diagnosis. ... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Milne Lecture--Bucked Shins

February 27, 2003

The Milne Lecture at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention is also known as the State of the Art Lecture because each Milne Lecture, regardless of topic, is selected for its groundbreaking qualities and potential to... Read More

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Bone and Fracture Treatment in Horses

February 27, 2003

Bone does not heal, incorporating the scar tissue as seen in most all other tissues--it regenerates itself. It changes its shape and structure based on its use, and if broken can resume 100% of its former strength and function.... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Fractures of the Distal Phalanx

February 25, 2003

Fractures of the distal phalanx (also known as P3 or the coffin bone) are common, especially in racehorses, noted Tara S. Rabuffo, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She and her colleagues reviewed case records and all... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Surgery

February 04, 2003

The surgery session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention covered a variety of subjects that ranged from using a laser to cauterize displaced soft palates to administering butorphanol for 24 hours to ameliorate... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Kester News Hour

February 03, 2003

Probably the best-attended session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention, the Kester News Hour provides brief reports of studies that were too new or too brief to be included in the longer scientific... Read More

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2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention

February 01, 2003

Thousands of equine veterinarians visited Orlando, Fla., Dec. 4-8, 2002, with the health and welfare of their equine patients at heart. The annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) served up research... Read More

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Hock Lameness: A Joint Nutraceutical's Effect (AAEP 2002)

January 03, 2003

The study looked at the effects of a joint supplement (Corta-Flx) on gait asymmetry caused by degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the distal intertarsal and/or tarsometatarsal joints of one or both hocks.... Read More

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Juvenile Bowed Tendons and Racing Prognosis

December 17, 2002

“Juvenile bowed tendons, or ‘baby bows,’ are not uncommon in yearlings and weanlings,” said Johanna Reimer, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVC (cardiology), of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., at the 2002 American Association of... Read More

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Joint Disease Research

December 05, 2002

Scientific researchers have learned that the injuries suffered by human and equine athletes, especially as they relate to joints, often are very similar. Now, they are using that knowledge in their attempts to find ways to prevent injuries to both.... Read More

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Predicting Muscle Problems

December 01, 2002

Competitive endurance riders know that horses lose fluids and electrolytes during strenuous rides. Calcium and magnesium are also lost during prolonged aerobic exercise. Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia) allows sodium to enter nerve cells, leadin... Read More

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Legalities of Equine Rescue

November 01, 2002

Driving home one evening at dusk, you notice a horse standing listlessly in a small, fenced paddock on a farm located a few miles from your home. The horse looks quite thin, almost to the point of emaciation, and there is neither food nor water... Read More

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Understanding Back Pain

November 01, 2002

Since the beginning of his involvement with man, the horse has been used to either pull heavy loads or carry a rider or packs upon his back. Prior to the advent of the gasoline engine, a great many horses were bred for pulling strength and power... Read More

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New Surgical Treatment for Suspensory Injury

November 01, 2002

Suspensory injuries are common in athletic horses. The suspensory ligament extends down the back of the lower leg from the knee or the hock and lies between the flexor tendons and the cannon bone. There are a number of treatments for injured... Read More

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AAEP Preview: State of the Art Lecture

November 01, 2002

Innovation in equine medicine is the hallmark of the AAEP Convention's State of the Art Lecture, and this year will be no different. David M. Nunamaker, VMD, Chairman and Jacques Jenny Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery of the New Bolton Center's... Read More

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Racing Toward Injury

September 01, 2002

There seems to be little doubt that musculoskeletal injury--including injury to bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments--is a major problem for Thoroughbred racehorses. This impression has been borne out by studies of "wastage" in the racing... Read More

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Providing Care for Your Senior Horse

August 01, 2002

Technology and advances in medicine have given us tools to keep our horses alive longer.... Read More

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American Humane Association Aids Animals in Minnesota

July 19, 2002

The American Humane Association has donated $2,000 to provide an emergency food supply for 30 horses and 1,100 head of livestock affected by the flooding in Minnesota. Combined with a matching donation by the Humane Society of the United States,... Read More

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Buddha Injury Still Uncertain

May 06, 2002

Diagnostics were still being done on pre-Derby second choice Buddha on the Monday after the race. His attending veterinarian, Dr. Ken Reed, said while they hadn’t found out a whole lot more, Buddha was sent on Sunday night (May 5) to Rood and... Read More

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Jump Landings and Tendon Strain

May 01, 2002

Lameness in show jumpers is often caused by forelimb tendon injury. The superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is most frequently injured, followed by the interosseus tendon (IT), and the accessory ligament (AL), while the deep digital flexor... Read More

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Prolonged Bute Use Detrimental to Joints

May 01, 2002

Chronic use of phenylbutazone, or Bute, in horses with joint problems could be causing more problems than it's preventing. A recent study showed that Bute and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) might be detrimental to... Read More

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Combat Stiffness

April 01, 2002

Day after day, you battle with your horse to get the correct left bend. Or maybe the trouble comes when you ask him to pick up the right lead, push off his hind end, or stretch out into a longer stride. Instead of a willing response, all you get... Read More