Atlantic Equine Services specializes in performance examinations and
sports medicine. Our practice is focused on lameness diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. We pride ourselves in keeping your horse in top condition using the latest technology available for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
A lameness examination typically begins with a thorough palpation of your horse to identify any areas of heat, swelling, and/or soreness. The horse will next be examined in motion, both on a the longe and straight line. Flexion tests will be performed which allow us to apply stress and pressure to specific joints while we distinguish any source of discomfort or asymmetry. This is often followed by an examined under saddle, especially in the case of subtle lameness or poor performance.
DIAGNOSTIC ANALGESIA (nerve and joint blocks)
Diagnostic nerve and joint blocks may be utilized to accurately pinpoint the region of the horse causing lameness or discomfort. Nerve blocks are administered systematically from the lowest site on the horse’s leg upwards. This is because nerve blocks desensitize all structures below the level they are administered. Joint blocks however are joint specific. When utilized appropriately nerve and joint blocks can accurately isolate the anatomical location and source of the horse’s lameness.
If an area of interest is identified diagnostic imaging is often utilized for an accurate diagnosis. We have variety of advanced diagnostic devices available that are used based on the needs of your horse. This include digital radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, acoustic myography (Curo), inertial sensor objective lameness evaluation, and
needle arthroscopy. Digital radiographs provide detailed imaging of bones, joints, and the insertion points of the tendons/ligaments. Ultrasound allows imaging of soft tissue structures including tendons, ligaments, and incredibly fine detail of the bone surface. The Curo device evaluates several structures including the hind proximal
suspensory ligaments. Needle arthroscopy can provide images of the inside of the joint in the standing horse in specific cases. If any results on the farm are inconclusive your horse may be referred for additional advanced diagnostic imaging including bone scan, CT, or MRI. We have excellent relationships with multiple referral hospitals offering these imaging modalities and will stay in direct contact with you and the hospital throughout the entire process.