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SPORTS MEDICINE

The physical demands of equine athletes may vary considerably, but each of them needs specialized treatment to stay healthy and comfortable. Whether your horse is overcoming an injury or enjoying a season of peak performance, sports medicine is an important component of his or her care. 

Sports medicine helps optimize the musculoskeletal health of the horse, as well as other body systems, including the:

  • Nervous system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Upper and lower airways

At Carolina Equine Hospital, our focus is on your animal’s overall health. A full-body approach keeps athletes performing at their highest potential and promotes a longer, healthier life. Our sports medicine services include:

  • Using advanced diagnostics to identify ailments affecting athletes 
  • Conducting comprehensive physical lameness examinations
  • Utilizing diagnostic nerve blocks
  • Making assessments with computerized radiography and digital ultrasound
  • Providing upper airway endoscopy and gastroscopy
  • Ensuring good investments through pre-purchase exams 
  • Treating a variety of musculoskeletal issues through shockwave therapy and many newer regenerative medicine modalities

Our patients participate in a wide variety of recreational activities including barrel racing, cutting, dressage, and other events. Whether you enjoy fast-paced competitions or more leisurely activities such as pleasure trail riding, we can help you maximize your horse’s comfort and achieve your goals.

VersaTron® Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is one of the many treatment options available to equine athletes. Carolina Equine Hospital uses the VersaTron® high-frequency shock wave unit as a non-invasive therapy for chronic pain and lameness. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is used to treat a number of musculoskeletal disorders in horses including:

  • Suspensory ligament injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Bowed tendons
  • Splints
  • Splint fractures
  • Hock and other types of arthritis
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Sacroiliac conditions (such as Hunters bumps)
  • Back pain

Equine Lameness Examination and Advanced Technology

Lameness has traditionally been a difficult and subjective issue to diagnose or pinpoint for monitoring, but it poses a significant threat to your horse’s health. Our expert veterinarians conduct an extremely thorough equine lameness examination with proven traditional methods working in combination with some of the most advanced technology available. 
 
The Equinosis Q with Lameness Locator® technology allows us to obtain accurate, objective measurements of your animal’s movements and physical capacities in real-time. This completely non-invasive procedure can help us see exactly what’s happening with your horse’s gait and muscular/skeletal functions without relying on purely subjective observations.
 
Carolina Equine Hospital is one of the only providers of this technology in our area. If you live in or around Greensboro, NC and Piedmont Triad area, we can offer you one of the most accurate and confident lameness diagnoses among other providers. Learn more about how this technology works and what to expect in a lameness examination.

 

Schedule a Sports Medicine Appointment 

Whether your horse needs treatment for a physical ailment or you just want to keep him performing at the highest level, we’re here to help. Call us with your questions at (336) 349-4080 or schedule an appointment today.