Lameness Diagnostics
LamenessWhen your horse is lame, Dr. Werner’s goals are to evaluate the patient’s condition, identify possible cause(s) of the lameness, reach a diagnosis and design a veterinary care plan that can return your horse to full health and use. 

A thorough physical examination is the most important step in effective lameness evaluation. To reach an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Werner interprets his examination findings in light of his general observations of the horse, pertinent medical or farriery history and the findings obtained from diagnostic procedures.  

Diagnostic procedures can include diagnostic anesthesia (“nerve blocks”), digital imaging (e.g. radiography, ultrasonography, thermography, diagnostic hoof imaging, video gait analysis, etc.), laboratory diagnostics and other services. 

With your permission, Dr. Werner may consult with your horse’s farrier, trainer and/or primary care veterinarian to reach a diagnosis and recommend treatment. In some cases, we may refer your horse to a specialty hospital for further diagnostics. 

Lameness Treatment
Treatment recommendations depend on Dr. Werner’s diagnosis, the cause(s) of the lameness, the patient’s present condition and the horse owner’s wishes. Treatment options may include:

  • Stall rest or restricted activity for a specified period of time
  • Joint therapy and/or injections
  • IRAP therapy 
  • Tildren therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Therapeutic farriery
  • Referral to other equine professionals or veterinary specialists for further treatment

Call us @ 860.653.5088 if you have questions about Lameness Care at Werner Equine.