Lameness and Performance Evaluations

Dr. Wright brings 20 years of experience to the performance horse arena.  Her knowledge and expertise in lameness diagnostics, combined with the cutting edge equipment and therapies on her ambulatory vehicle, such as digital radiography, digital ultrasound, Pro-Stride, shockwave, super pulsed laser and video endoscopy, lends to the efficient and successful resolution of lameness and other performance horse issues.

The purpose of a lameness examination is to identify the underlying cause of an unsoundness or biomechanical deficit. A lameness evaluation includes a physical examination, palpation of the entire musculoskeletal system with additional focus on affected limbs, and watching the horse work on a lunge line or under saddle. Depending on the severity of the lameness, regional diagnostic anesthesia may be used to locate the location of the lameness. During this process, a numbing agent is injected to desensitize certain joints or areas of the affected limb(s).

Once the unsoundness resolves following regional diagnostic anesthesia, the anatomical location of the origin of the lameness can be determined. At this point, appropriate imaging in the form of radiographs and or ultrasound are performed, a definitive diagnosis is made, and a therapeutic plan is established.