Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse

1st Edition

Authors: Michael Ross Sue Dyson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780721683423
eBook ISBN: 9781437713275
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 3rd December 2002
Page Count: 1095


This unique, comprehensive approach to lameness describes the diagnosis and management of conditions that can cause gait abnormalities in horses, exploring both traditional treatments and alternative therapies. Broader in scope than any other book of its kind, it offers detailed descriptions of equine sporting activities and specific lameness conditions in major sport horse types. Up-to-date information on all imaging modalities encompasses radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, thermography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, arthroscopy, tenoscopy and bursoscopy. Particular emphasis is placed on clinical examination and diagnostic analgesia. A companion CD-ROM features nearly 60 minutes of video segments that demonstrate common forelimb and hindlimb lameness and gait abnormalities.

Key Features

  • Differentiates between various types of horses and those used for different purposes.
  • Reflects the first-hand experiences of the authors and a range of practicing veterinarians, including many lameness experts from private practice who have never previously published their findings.
  • Provides practical, hands-on information about a wide range of horse types from around the world, compiled by a team of international authors, editors, and contributors.
  • Includes state-of-the-art information on diagnostic applications for computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, with the most comprehensive section on MRI in the live horse published to date.
  • Addresses traditional treatment modalities as well as many aspects of alternative therapy, with a practical and realistic perspective on prognosis.
  • Examines the various types of horses used in sports and the lameness conditions to which each horse type is particularly prone, as well as differences in prognosis.
  • Informs readers on how to proceed when a diagnosis cannot easily be reached due to the limitations of current diagnostic capabilities.
  • Includes a unique companion CD-ROM with video clips that demonstrate different manifestations of lameness, gait abnormalities, and changes in performance due to musculoskeletal or neurological dysfunction.

Table of Contents

PART I. Diagnosis of Lameness
Section 1. The Lameness Examination
1. Lameness Examination – Historical Perspective
2. Basic Facts of Lameness
3. Anamnesis (History)
4. Conformation
5. Observation
6. Palpation
7. Movement
8. Manipulation
9. Applied Anatomy
10. Diagnostic Analgesia
11. The Neurological Examination and Neurological Conditions Causing Gait Deficits
12. Unexplained Lameness
13. Assessment of Acute Onset, Severe Lameness
14. The Swollen Limb
Section 2. Diagnostic Imaging
15. Radiography and Radiology
16. Ultrasonographic Evaluation of the Equine Limb: Technique
17. Ultrasonographic Examination of Joints
18. Ultrasound and Orthopedic (Non-articular) Disease
19. Nuclear Medicine
20. Computed Tomography
21. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
22. Video Analysis of Gait
23. Arthroscopic Examination
24. Tenoscopy and Bursoscopy
25. Thermography

PART II. The Forelimb
Section 1. The Foot
26. Clinical Investigation of foot pain
27. The Foot and Shoeing
28. Trauma to the Sole and Wall
29. Functional Anatomy of the Palmar Aspect of the Foot
30. Navicular Disease and Other Soft Tissue Causes of Palmar Foot Pain
31. Treatment and Prognosis of Navicular Disease
32. Fracture of the Navicular Bone
33. Primary Lesions of the Deep Digital Flexor Tendon within the Hoof Capsule
34. The Distal Phalanx and Distal Interphalangeal Joint
35. Laminitis
Section 2.
36. The Proximal and Middle Phalanges and the Proximal Interphalangeal Joint
37. The Metacarpophalangeal Joint
38. The Metacarpal Region
39. The Carpus
40. The Antebrachium
41. The Elbow, Brachium, and Shoulder

PART III. The Hindlimb
42. The Hindfoot
43. The Metatarsophalangeal Joint
44. The Metatarsal Region
45. The Tarsus
46. The Crus
47. The Stifle
48. The Thigh
49. Mechanical Lameness in the Hindlimb
50. Estrus and Lameness

PART IV. The Axial Sk


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About the Author

Michael Ross

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Surgery, Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA

Sue Dyson

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Clinical Orthopaedics, Centre for Equine Studies, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, Suffolk, England