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Lameness/Sports Medicine Evaluations

lameness exam

Injury or declining athletic performance can strike any horse, but prompt examination can often prevent further damage and put your partner back on the path to a productive, happy life. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing lameness and movement disorders. The lameness examination typically consists of:


  • complete history
  • musculoskeletal exam, including palpation of joints and tendons
  • movement exam, including jogging in-hand, on a lunge-line, and/or under saddle
  • flexion tests


Diagnostic nerve and joint blocks are utilized as necessary to locate the problem area. Once identified, other diagnostic tools such digital radiography and ultrasonography can be employed to evaluate the structures. In some cases, GVEC may refer the patient for MRI, CT scan, or bone scan in order to reach a diagnosis. Treatment plans can then be tailored to the individual needs of your horse, and may include:


  • Rest or exercise modification
  • Systemic medications or anti-inflammatories
  • Therapeutic joint or tendon sheath injections
  • Alternative therapies: acupuncture or veterinary spinal manipulation
  • Regenerative therapies: IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein), PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
  • Joint supplements
  • Surgery


Horses can be evaluated both at the farm and at the GVEC clinic in our fenced 60’x180′  riding ring.

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