Sports Medicine

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Equine Lameness Examination and Advanced Technology


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

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.


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