ORTHOPEDICS

Movement Sensors Show Promise in Identifying Racehorses at Risk for Injury

By Devin Rokyta, July 2024

A small 3-ounce sensor capable of recording 2,400 movement data points in 1 second could reduce the number of injuries to racehorses, according to a recent study.

Birth Weight, Mare Parity Influence Foals’ Risk for Skeletal Disorders

By Conni Koury, May 2024

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and sesamoiditis, commonly observed in Thoroughbred foals, can greatly influence the sales price and the athletic performance of a horse.

Equine Devices Successful at Creating Good Biological Concentrations for Regenerative Medicine

February 2024

A recent study compared the concentrations of alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2M) in equine plasma samples processed by 3 commercial devices to be used as regenerative joint therapy for osteoarthritis.

Lameness vs Ataxia: Suspect the Unexpected

By Paul Basilio, February 2024

Differentiating an orthopedic problem from a neurologic one can be a difficult but common issue for lameness practitioners. It’s critical to recognize these issues early on, however, as neurologic deficits can present safety issues for clients with riding horses.

Neck Pain: Clinical Exam is The Foundation

By Marie Rosenthal, MS, February 2024

With a laundry list of presenting signs that are not always clear, even after imaging, diagnosing neck pain is a challenge. “Therefore, even today with all the advanced imaging and modalities that we have available to us, the clinical examination still becomes the foundation by which we need to look at these horses and decide how we tackle the diagnostic algorithm as we go forward,” said Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, an associate professor of sports medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.

The Stepwise Guide to the Hoof

By Paul Basilio, January 2024

Although it can be overlooked as an examination target, a sizeable portion of equine lameness starts at the hoof. “The foot will tell us a lot of information very quickly, because it is a structure that can change very quickly,” said Craig Lesser, DVM, CF, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. “I encourage people to take a second look at the foot during lameness or prepurchase exams to see if an issue is coming about sooner rather than later.”

Standing Fracture Repair Viable Option for P1, MC/MTIII Fractures

November 2023

Standing fracture repair appears to be a worthwhile option for treating sagittal proximal phalanx (P1) and parasagittal metacarpal/metatarsal III (MC/MTIII) fractures because it can restore the horse’s presurgical athletic abilities and enable it to return to the track within a reasonable time, according to a recent study.