Disease Du Jour: Equine Forelimb Rehab Tips

Dr. Steve Adair walks you through forelimb rehab options for bone, tendon/ligament, joint issues, muscle injuries and post-surgical cases.
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All veterinarians should focus on the whole patient when it comes to rehab, stated Dr. Steve Adair.

"Don't tunnel vision to the injury and neglect the patient," stated Steve Adair, DVM, MS, a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in Animal Chiropractic, and is a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Adair holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology, a master's degree in veterinary microbiology, and received his DVM from Auburn University.

"Regardless of the injury, core muscle development is important [for all horses in rehab], and you can start that in the stall with butt tucks and sternal lifts," stated Adair. 

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And lastly, he said, "We shouldn't neglect the mental status of the horse. You need to address stall boredom. That might mean getting them a buddy or having toys. Getting in the stall and working with these individuals multiple times a day. 

"Nutrition is important," he reminded the listeners. "If you have an injury or disease condition you have to have an adequate plane of nutrition in order to heal." 

Topics Covered in This Podcast Include:

  • Accuracy of diagnosis
  • Developing a rehab plan
  • Potential need for "pre-hab," especially if you are doing surgery
  • Bone
  • Joints
  • Tendons and ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Proprioception
  • Mental status
  • Nutrition

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EquiManagement’s Disease Du Jour podcast is focused on equine research and current best practices. Disease Du Jour is brought to you in 2020 by Merck Animal Health.

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