The experienced equine vets at Alnorthumbria provide complete lameness investigations and treatments, working to the highest standards. Please see below for details of our diagnostics and treatments.
Lameness exams are normally carried out at the surgery where we have a safe area set aside for trotting up in a straight line and on a circle, and a lunge pen for assessment on soft surface.
After a full clinical exam and lameness assessment, further tests such as evaluation with hoof testers and flexion tests are usually performed to try to localise the area of pain. Nerve blocks are often then performed; this involves infusion of a local anaesthetic around a nerve to desensitise the structures below the level of the injection. To further localise the area of pain, local anaesthetic can also be injected into joints. Once the lameness has been localised the area in question will need imaging – X-rays, ultrasound or both. Further imaging such as MRI or Scintigraphy (bone scanning) can be arranged if needed.
We now offer digital radiography allowing for superior images to the traditional film system, meaning improved diagnostic capability. Images are stored on our database, allowing easy comparison of previous X-rays and allowing quick referral to a specialist by email if required.
Ultrasound is frequently used in our practice to scan tendons, ligaments, eyes, joints and backs after suspected injuries. This allows an accurate diagnosis and is very useful for monitoring the healing process.
Extra corporeal shockwave therapy (ECSWT) is used to treat a variety of conditions such as suspensory ligament desmitis, tendon lesions, splints, backs and chronic wounds.
Arthroscopy and other orthopaedic procedures, are performed under general anaesthesia at the equine centre in Morpeth. See Surgery and anaesthesia section for more details.
IRAP, Stem Cells and PRP, Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP), Stem Cell therapy and Platelet rich plasma (PRP) are all modern therapies for use in joint and tendon injuries please contact us for more details.
We have a close working relationship with farriers, and often provide shoeing recommendations as an important part of a treatment regime.