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Therapeutic Modalities

Acupuncture

  • By stimulating specific points on the horse’s body, acupuncture has been seen to achieve therapeutic or homeostatic (returning the body to its normal state) effects
  • Beneficial in the management of back pain, sacroiliac pain, osteoarthritis, muscle soreness, and medical disorders like colic, ocular pain, peripheral nerve pain and dysfunction as well as many others
  • Also useful as a complementary diagnostic aid

Class 4 Laser

  • Laser therapy offers a non-invasive, pain free treatment modality to decrease pain and inflammation and improve healing
  • Uses include tendonitis, chronic wounds and lacerations, incisions, back pain, arthritis and many others

Shock Wave

  • Shock wave is a non-invasive, high-energy pressure wave treatment used to improve healing and decrease pain
  • Uses include tendon and ligament injury, stress fractures and splints, back pain and kissing spines

Stem Cell (both bone marrow and adipose derived)

  • Stem cells reduce pain and inflammation and improve the quality of healing of many common tendon and ligament injuries
  • Can also be used for laminitis, bone cysts and joint disease

IRAP (interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein)

  • IRAP is an autologous conditioned serum collected from your horse (or in some cases a donor horse) and works via preventing IL-1 (an inflammatory cytokine released with joint trauma and inflammation) from binding to the Il-1 receptors in the joint
  • IRAP has been seen to decrease joint inflammation and pain and offers a wonderful alternative to the use of corticosteroids in the joint

PRP (platelet rich plasma)

  • PRP is derived from horses’ blood and contains many different growth factors that will improve the speed and quality of healing in soft tissue

Bisphosphonate Treatment

  • Bisphosphonates are used in humans for the treatment of osteoporosis, and in horses are very effective for treatment of bone pain
  • Uses include navicular disease, bone pain, bone cysts, and bone fragility syndrome (silicate associated osteoporosis)
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