Lameness investigation has evolved considerably over recent years through more sophisticated diagnostic tools that provide the veterinarian with detailed pin-point information. Nowadays a horse wouldn’t simply suffer of ‘a fetlock joint problem’ but we can identify the exact location of the lesion or lesions, and what type of tissues have been affected.
A lameness work-up still involves clinical examination, observation of gait and regional anesthesia (nerve and joint blocks) to localize the lameness. Once the affected area has been determined then a combination of radiography, ultrasonography and sometimes arthroscopy (through referral overseas) can be used to achieve diagnosis.
We can then proceed with treatment. This can be tailored for the individual case to give the most appropriate therapy, for a better chance of a successful outcome.