Lameness Evaluation

Lameness Evaluation

Equine Lameness Evaluations are a crucial aspect of our services at Performance Equine Veterinary Services, especially given the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in athletic horses. Our specialist in Ocala, FL, is adept at pinpointing the exact source of lameness, ensuring a targeted approach to treatment.

Stages of Lameness Evaluation:

1. Initial Examination: This involves a thorough inspection and palpation of the horse at a walk and trot. We assess the baseline appearance of the lameness, which may also include observation during work. This initial assessment is vital to understand the nature and severity of the lameness.

2. Pain Localization: We use local anesthesia to accurately isolate the area of pain. This step is essential for targeting subsequent diagnostic and treatment efforts precisely.

3. Diagnostic Imaging: The area identified as the source of pain is then examined using advanced diagnostic tools. This may include radiographs (X-rays), ultrasound, bone scans, MRI, or CT scans, depending on the nature of the injury.

4. Radiographic Evaluation: Routine radiographic evaluations are often conducted to anticipate any potential future issues. This proactive approach helps in managing and preventing the escalation of musculoskeletal problems.

5. Comparative Analysis: During the examination, we closely monitor the horse’s movement, limb range of motion, and gait symmetry. Post local nerve or joint blocks, the horse’s movement is compared against the baseline lameness. This comparison is crucial to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment and the progress of recovery.

At Performance Equine Veterinary Services, our comprehensive approach to lameness evaluation ensures that your horse receives the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Understanding and addressing lameness in its early stages can significantly improve the prognosis and help maintain the horse’s athletic capabilities.

For more information about our lameness evaluation services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (352) 307-3690. Our team is committed to providing the highest standard of care for your equine companion.