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.
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).
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)
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 August 1 – 2 in Wagga!
Don’t forget if you can’t make it all the way to Wagga all you have to do is get to Canberra and we’ll drive you the rest of the way!
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