Lameness Examination

Lameness is not infrequently caused by damage to joints. This may be damage to the cartilage, which lines the joint, to the fibrous capsule that surrounds a joint (the synovium) or may include a chip fracture of the underlying bone. Which joint is damaged can be determined by clinical examination, regional nerve blocks (numbing the area responsible for the lameness), and then by intra articular nerve blocks (injection of local anaesthetic into the suspect joint) to make the horse sound.

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