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)

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!

Click here to register!

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