Electrotherapy technology has been used since the 60's to manage pain, improve range of motion, reverse atrophy (wastage) in muscles, decrease oedema (swelling), improve motor control, stimulate blood flow, making it a go-to for rehabilitation therapy in all veterinary medicine. What is electrotherapy? Electrotherapy is the use...

The last part of our series, following on from Part III. Because the causes of the lameness may be difficult to diagnose, a systematic diagnostic exam can be performed by the veterinarian to pinpoint to problem. Most experienced veterinarians have developed systems for examining horses for lameness...

Following on from Part II of our series. A surprising majority of lamenesses involve the foot. If the problem does appear to be related to the horse's lower limbs, feet, or hooves, a farrier may be able to diagnose the problem and provide corrective treatment. HORSEY PODIATRISTS Your farrier...

Following on from Part I of our series. Because each horse has individual characteristics, evaluating lameness can be challenging. Veterinarians have developed a lameness scale that ranges from one to five, with one being no perceptible lameness, and five being extremely lame: 1 = Lameness not perceptible Lameness...

So, your horse is hopping! What can you do to address the problem and how should you go about it? It is in everyone's best interest to take prompt action any time you have the least suspicion that something is not right with your horse, especially...

WHAT IS MICROCURRENT? Microcurrent introduces very low-level electrical currents into your body through electrodes applied to the skin.  At its simplest, a microcurrent is an electrical current measured in millionths of an amp or µA.  It’s perfectly safe and can’t be felt, in the same way...

Classified among physical therapy/rehabilitation techniques, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) remains an important tool for helping manage a variety of equine conditions and injuries, but also for maintaining your equine athlete and best friend. Problems that ESWT can help alleviate includeo: Tendinopathy / tendinitis, a leading...

The racing industry is under constant pressure for excellence in both performance and athlete longevity. Along with being the biggest contributor to horse welfare and research they are also on the permanent quest to make better athletes last longer. Because they are high profile and...

CHANGING EQUINE TENDON MANAGEMENT AND REHABILITATION PART ONE: DIAGNOSING AND MONITORING INJURIES Dr Henk Offereins, DVM, from equinetendon.com explains:   Dr Offereins using the UTC scanner to evaluate tendon health The detailed imagery the UTC can provide about soft tissue health and compromise BEFORE it is injured and needs rehabilitation.   “In...

Tendon injuries, and the common occurrence of repeat injury afterwards, is one of the biggest welfare issues in horse racing. It affects not only the equine athlete’s career and quality of life, but the careers of the many people surrounding it, as well as investor...