Lameness Evaluations

Lameness severity is typically evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, the higher number indicating a more significant degree of impairment. Typically the veterinarians at DPEC will initially assess the area by visually looking for any outward injuries (cuts or swelling). Flexion tests may also be performed with further checking the hooves for any sign of injury. After the initial assessment, a typical procedure is to perform regional limb anesthesia (nerve blocks) to help pinpoint the area affected. Once the area is determined, the radiographs or ultrasound are performed to determine which particular structures are involved.



Pre-Purcahse Exam in and out of the clinic


Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein Therapy is used for treatment of osteoarthritis. The IRAP protein, naturally present in the body, is collected from the patient, concentrated, and then re-injected into the diseased joint. The IRAP therapy has been shown to be effective in treating arthritic joints that have not responded to more traditional intra-articular therapy.

Shockwave Therapy

In human medicine, shockwave therapy has been used for over 25 years to treat a number of urolgic and orthopedic conditions. Shockwaves are high-energy sound waves, which are transmitted to the affected body part. There, they trigger the body's natural repair mechanisms by stimulating immune-competent cells. Thus, a lasting healing response is achieved without any side-effects.

How is shockwave treatment performed?

After diagnosing the problem, the veterinarian determines whether the condition is suitable for shockwave treatment. This is usually done on an outpatient basis at your doctor's clinic. The horse only requires a mild sedation, so it remains standing throughout the procedure. Treatment usually takes 10-20 minutes. The details of the subsequent resting and follow-up requirements should be discussed with your veterinarian. Usually, the horse can leave within 1-2 hours.

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For which conditions is shockwave therapy suitable?

Shockwave therapy with the EquiTron and VersaTron is recommended for a number of conditions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Desmopathies
  • Tendinopathies
  • Fractures
  • Stress Fractures
  • Joint Diseases
  • Navicular Syndrome
  • "Sore Back"
  • Kissing Spine Disease


Game Ready

DPEC provides game ready to treat injured horses. Delivering dry cold and active compression, it utilizes the same physical therapy and athletic training principles relied on by human athletes, calling for the use of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). This system is used for post-workout therapy, chronic lameness, acute lameness, cellulitis, tendonitis, pre and post operative care, bowed tendons, stocked up legs, wind puffs, and more.

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Joint Injections

A sound horse maintains balanced joint function. But joints that bend and give to absorb that that shock are comprised of structures- bone, cartilage, soft tissues, protective synovial fluid- that call all break down. Many things can go wrong with an equine joint, but one of the most common problems is arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Thus potentially leading to progressive destruction of joint structures. There is no cure for this disease, but managing it starts with a veterinarian lameness exam to confirm diagnosis. The most common joints to inject include the hock, pastern, coffin joint, fetlock, carpal (knee), and stifle joint. The most common intra-articular injections used are steroids and hylauronic acid.



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