May 18, 2022

Tendon Injury

Chartered Physiotherapists have in-depth training and experience of managing tendon and ligament injuries in athletes.

Our horses are athletes and deserve to have first class treatment and management of their injury with a bespoke rehab therapy to return them to work. It is not good enough to hope for the best using box rest, general graded return to exercise and time. Vets and Physiotherapist working together as a team will give your horse the best chance of a good recovery.

(Below is a brilliant representation of the complex array of ligaments and tendons in the the horse forelimb. There is a similar array in the hindlimb below the hock) The large interosseous ligament described here is another name for suspensory ligament,

Tendon and ligament injuries take a long time to heal, and there is a reasonably high risk of recurrence unless management of the injury is first class right from the time it occurs.

The reasons for this include the facts that tendon tissues have a very poor blood supply, making healing slow, and also that new tendon tissue is not strictly the same tissue as the original. New tendon is not as elastic nor as strong, and tends to produce disorganised, tight, non-pliable scarred tissue in the tendon if not managed effectively.

As an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist I use low level laser therapy to promote healing from early on, therapy techniques to reduce stress on the whole body as it compensates for injury and most importantly a bespoke detailed rehab exercise program designed individually for your horse.

Your vet and I will work in close partnership and in particular use the vet’s detailed ultrasound scans to monitor progress and lead progressive changes to the rehab program. The Physiotherapy rehab program is strictly govered by the severity of the injury, the place of injury, and the current veterinary treatment the horse is receiving. Please contact me with any questions or to discuss your case.


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