All tagged Lameness
The Background - Lameness resulting from joint degeneration or
osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting
horses and the most common reason that vets are called out to
competition horses. OA causes inflammation of the joint lining and
progressive destruction of articular cartilage that covers the ends of
the bones composing a joint. This destruction decreases both the natural
shock-absorbing function and the range of motion of the joint,
ultimately resulting in lameness in the affected animal.
Howard Wilder (14 October 2008 - Issue 10)
Nuclear scintigraphy or 'bone scanning' attempts to take lameness
diagnosis one stage further by predicting rather than just diagnosing
fractures. It is an imaging technique that searches for an increase in
bone production and thus can often pinpoint the cuase of minor lameness
problems before they become catastrophic injuries.
James Tate (26 June 2008 - Issue 6)
Equine researchers are still uncovering everything shockwave therapy can do for horses after it was initially and successfully used in Germany in 1996 to treat lameness.
Bill Heller (European Trainer - issue 17 - Spring 2007)