At Cambridge Equine Hospital we have highly skilled veterinarians able to perform a complete investigation to identify the cause of your horse's lameness. Our fantastic facility allows the horse to be trotted and/or lunged on a variety of surfaces to optimise our diagnostic ability.
Accurate and timely diagnosis of lameness is essential to achieving the best outcome. A thorough lameness examination may involve trotting, lunging, and performing flexion tests, followed by nerve and/or joint blocks where deemed necessary. Cambridge Equine Hospital is well appointed with spacious work bays allowing these procedures to be carried out, combined with a range of surfaces (including a lunge ring) to complete the examination. Following on from this, your veterinarian may recommend imaging the affected area in some way. The high quality imaging equipment available in the hospital includes digital radiography, ultrasonography, and nuclear scintigraphy.
Degenerative joint disease is one of the most common conditions affecting performance horses, and there are a range of treatment options available, depending on the location and severity of the problem (see our resources section for more information). Shockwave Therapy is a relatively new treatment with is commonly used to for conditions involving injury to areas where ligaments insert onto bone (most commonly the origin of the suspensory ligament).