VetTips: Equine Nerve Blocks & Lameness

Tip 1:

Signalment influences differential diagnosis in equine lameness. For example a common clinical presentation is proximal metacarpal pain but the causes often differ if the patient is a sports horse or racehorse. In a racehorse the primary suspicion may be primary suspensory desmitis, while in a racehorse and avulsion fracture is higher up the differential list.

Tip 2:

The calcaneal bursa ACTUALLY has two components!

1: A bursa underneath the gastroc tendon – gastrocnemius calcaneal bursa

2: A bursa between the gastroc tendon and Superficial Deep Flexor Tendon – the intertendinous calcaneal bursa AND – there may be a (3.+/-Subcutaneous bursa).

Tip 3: 

Differentiating Musculoskeletal from Neurological causes of lameness.

Most common musculoskeletal gait abnormalities that appear similar to neurologic abnormalities are:

– LAMINITIS – foot lameness is a much more common cause of a stumbling gait than neurologic disease
– Multiple limb lameness
– Muscle disorders (HYPP, exertional rhabdomyolysis)

If you want to get hands on experience and work with specialists come along to our Equine Nerve Blocks & Lameness Workshop!

Perform at your best and gain client confidence after attending this nerve blocks and lameness workshop. If you are a new vet, a mixed practitioner, an equine vet or coming back after a sabbatical and want to improve your lameness repertoire, then this is the workshop for you.

Join us April 12 – 13 in Wagga, Wagga NSW

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