At Millbrook Equine Veterinary Clinic (MEVC), we are committed to maximizing the athletic potential and long term well-being of our patients. From high level performance horses to pleasure horses, our aim is to partner with owners and trainers to enhance the full potential of their equine athletes. We address both clinical lameness and subtle issues that may not be readily apparent, yet still have an effect on the horse's performance.

Lameness describes any abnormality in a horse's gait. It can be present in one or more limbs at a given time. Some lameness cases are apparent even when the horse stands still, but most cases require the horse to be in motion for detection. Lamenesses are most often caused by structural or functional problems with muscle, tendon, ligament, joint or bone. How a lame horse is examined depends largely on the type of lameness. All lameness exams begin with a discussion of the horse's history, presentation, and a physical exam. Most exams may include an evaluation of the horse in motion, in hand or under saddle, and flexion tests. Other diagnostics tools such as nerve and joint blocks help to localize the source of discomfort.

Radiography and ultrasound are used to diagnose the cause of the lameness. Digital radiography with eFilm digital enhancement software and digital ultrasound are advanced imaging systems that provide more accurate diagnostic information than ever before.

Lameness treatment options:
We use state-of-the-art ultrasound guided injection techniques and real time digital radiographs to administer treatments directly into injured tissues in order to improve healing. The suite of treatments may include: