Lameness Exams

Lameness exams are provided to determine the underlying cause of a horse’s poor performance.  Beginning with a thorough physical exam and history, each lameness exam is performed in hand and/or under saddle to determine the limb in question.  Local nerve blocks and imaging are also available to determine the causative structure for the lameness.  Once the location of the injury is located, additional therapies such as intra-articular injections, IRAP, PRP, and shock wave therapy is available to aid the healing process.

 

Lameness Locator

The Lameness Locator is a new diagnostic tool Damascus Equine Associates has provided our clients to aid in lameness diagnosis in an objective manner.  The device was developed by Equinosis© and made available to equine veterinarians after 20 years of research.  It offers data collected from sensors placed along the patient’s poll, hind quarters, and front pastern.  The sensors collect data while the horse trots and objectively measures the change in the gait following flexion tests and nerve blocks.  It has been found to be advantageous in patients with multiple limb and mild lameness and has already been found to be an asset to our diagnostic tools available to our clients.


Advanced Treatments

IRAP (Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein) is a treatment provided by our practice to assist in the treatment of an underlying cause of the lameness.  IRAP is found to aid in joint rehabilitation in the healing quality of the joint by decreasing the detrimental effects interleukin-1 (IL-1) has on structures within the joint.  In order to harvest the IRAP, blood is collected from the patient in a specialized syringe which is then incubated, centrifuged, and then harvested and injected into the affected joint or lesion.


PRP (protein-rich-plasma)

Therapy used in conjunction with other treatments for musculoskeletal injuries. PRP is found to improve the quality of healing as well by promoting the beneficial effects of growth factors within the patient’s blood. Like IRAP, PRP is harvested by collecting blood from the patient, which is then incubated and centrifuged to concentrate the plasma that is injected into the lesion.


Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)

Provided for our patients who have chronic lameness issues such as osteoarthritis, and tendon/ligament injuries. With this therapy, high energy sound waves are focused toward the source of the lameness at specific strength, depth and length of time depending on the injury. ESWT is a non-invasive treatment that has been reported to promote healing and pain relief by increasing blood flow to the area and decreasing inflammation.





Sports Medicine


Megan Snyder, VMD

Damascus Equine Associates