What Is Equine Therapeutics?
From joint or tendon injuries to inflammation, arthritis, and other health conditions, horses can acquire a variety of conditions that need treatment.
Our team at Florida Equine Veterinary Associates offers numerous equine therapeutic treatments designed to help manage pain, speed healing, and reduce inflammation and scar tissue that may impede recovery.
Whether it's administering acupuncture treatments for musculoskeletal disorders, shockwave therapy to help your horse regain mobility, or another treatment option, we are here to help your horse get back to performing at its best.
Equine Therapy Services in Ocala
Our range of equine therapy services aid in pain management and healing for numerous health conditions in horses. these include acupuncture and cryotherapy treatments, PRP & IRAP injections, stem cell therapy, and more.
Acupuncture has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans and animals for more than 3,000 years. Horses were among the first animals treated with acupuncture due to their importance in warfare and farming.
Today, equine acupuncture is commonly incorporated into the treatment of several conditions, especially musculoskeletal disorders and back pain.
Acupuncture is primarily used in sports horses to manage pain and restore function. Acupuncture involves inserting needles at specific points on the body where there are increased numbers of nerve endings, blood vessels, and lymphatics to help alleviate pain and target specific conditions.
Cryotherapy is simply the therapeutic use of cold. Since horses are cryotolerant, they can withstand unusually low, near-freezing temperatures.
Cryotherapy devices can be used to create intense cooling and initiate physiological processes that relieve pain, reduce inflammation and swelling and increase recovery.
With cryotherapy, toxins are removed from the body, blood flow to the affected area is increased and muscles are relaxed, which contributes to recovery. This type of therapy can be used to treat tendon and muscle injuries, arthritis, hematomas, and more.
PRP & IRAP Injections
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) injections are used to treat equine injuries and encourage the regeneration of injured or degenerative tissue.
With these methods, we can manage joint injuries and diseases by using the body's naturally occurring proteins, cells, and other natural processes to put a horse's biological mechanisms in motion, stimulating healing without the need for steroids or other drugs.
Regenerative Joint & Ligament Injections
Joint injections are created from your horse's blood and provide anti-inflammatory effects and pain control for both their joints and connective tissues like ligaments.
Some joint injections may have ongoing positive effects on your horse for up to a year, but this timeline can depend on the severity of their inflammation, injury, and pain.
Joint injections can be a helpful treatment method for young performance horses in order to help prevent the development of arthritis later in their life, or current performing horses in order to support their athleticism.
Shock Wave Therapy uses a series of low-energy acoustic wave pulsations that are applied directly to an injured area of a horse.
Shock wave therapy is a non-surgical procedure that helps to initiate the body's natural healing response, reducing pain and improving mobility.
Animals typically feel pain relief about 24 hours after ESWT, but may require other types of pain control as well, depending on the severity of the condition they are being treated for.
Our vets often recommend integrating other rehabilitative therapies to help horses regain mobility and health.
Stem Cell Therapy
In stem-cell therapy, stem cells are drawn from the fat, bone marrow, and umbilical cord blood of another horse and used to help treat your equine athlete.
Your veterinarian will inject the stem cells into the injured, diseased, or damaged area of your horse's body. The stem cells will be able to replace or help repair the damaged or dead tissues, reducing inflammation, alleviating pain, and promoting the growth of new tissues.
What health issues can equine therapies address?
Therapeutics can be an excellent option for horses suffering from:
- Musculoskeletal disorders and back pain
- Joint diseases and injuries
- Kidney and bladder stones
- Dead or damaged tissues
For more information, contact our veterinarians.
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Florida Equine Veterinary Associates is passionate about the health of sport and performance horses. Get in touch today to book your equine athelete's first appointment.