What to expect during a Lameness Evaluation
Our normal approach to evaluating a lame horse would be:
- The history of the onset and progression of a lameness is often the most important part of the examination.
- Initial walk and trot and clinical examination of the limbs including palpation and testing the feet with hoof testers
- Examination on different surfaces and on the circle
- Examination under saddle
- Flexion tests and nerve blocks
- X-Ray, ultrasound examination,scintigraphy,MRI are all used to investigate lameness.
- Lameness vs gait abnormality and possibility of neurological causes
The investigation can take time and the vet may need to repeat the examination or nerve blocks to pinpoint the area of pain.
Once the diagnosis is complete then a range of therapies are available, these range from rest to controlled exercise, cold water spa, anti-inflammatory medication, intra-articular treatments, regenerative therapies and probably the most common ,corrective shoeing.