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Lameness Examinations

The body of the equine athlete is an extremely complex structure and there are many places for problems to arise. At Twin Pines Equine, we understand how the entire horse moves and how lameness can affect that movement. Whether you have a highly competitive show horse or a weekend-warrior trail horse, we can help keep you moving as a team.

Our lameness workups include a full physical exam with back and limb palpations followed by a moving exam. We will watch the horse trot to identify potential issues and zero in on these areas by performing flexion tests. Once a limb or area is identified, we perform nerve or joint blocks. This takes away sensitivity in that area. Once an area “blocks out”, we can then identify the region where the lameness is coming from. We can further identify the cause of the lameness using imaging modalities such as radiography or ultrasonography.

We can perform all of these procedures on the farm with no need to trailer! Occasionally, if a lameness does not block out quickly, we will delay the exam and return on another day to continue. We do not like to perform too many blocks on one day as it can cause the horse to become averse to needles. Additionally, excessive needle sticks can lead to unwanted swelling.

Please check out our Digital Imaging page for more information on other diagnostics we offer!

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a concentration of platelets and growth factors derived from the patient’s blood. We can inject this concentrate into soft tissue tears or lesions to speed healing. The growth factors aid in healing and the platelets help build a scaffold to speed recovery. We can draw the blood and then, using a stall-side filtration system, concentrate the PRP. We then inject it into the lesion using ultrasound guidance. This is just another modality that we offer to help get your horse back to peak performance as soon as possible.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Complementary medicine such as acupuncture and chiropractic care can be a vital part of keeping your performance horse in peak condition. Acupuncture is often used as an adjunct treatment for painful conditions, and we have had success with it, particularly in horses with back pain, stifle inflammation and navicular pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help the horse’s spine and extremities move in their full range of motion, which is essential for optimum performance.

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