Mobile Veterinary Practice   11045 Trinidad   Amarillo, TX   806.622.0803
Lameness exams:

A thorough exam is essential for an accurate diagnosis. The whole horse is considered during the in-depth analysis of the problem. The horse can be observed on hard and soft surfaces, on circles and straight lines, in hand and under saddle.  Digital radiographs and digital ultrasounds can be made which decreases the length of time clients spend waiting for results. Images acquired with these techniques can be digitally stored in an electronic database for future reference. The information can also be put on a CD for the client to take home along with information about the causes and prevention of lameness, and prescribed treatment for the client's horse. I

Digital radiology is used after a clinical examination in cases that involve injured bony structures. This technique produces a more advanced image than a typical x-ray. A computer can be used to enhance the x-ray and enlarge it, make it darker or lighter or change its contrast, which is very helpful in making a diagnosis. Storage and filing all x-rays in a digital database is another major improvement with digital radiology.

Using ultrasound to get a better image for tendon evaluation is a common technique in veterinary medicine. Using the same ultrasound techniques for evaluation of a joint to acquire more information about the soft tissues in a joint (capsule, synovial membrane, quality of the synovial fluid, quality of the cartilage) is a relatively new purpose. Ultrasound can produce an image of muscle properties and tendons and ligaments involved in back and spinal injuries. The  ultrasound machine has special probes and frequencies that can produce a better resolution than the typical machine and allows us to analyze tissues such as joint capsules, tendons, ligaments, cartilage in joints, the menisci in the stifle, and attachments of ligaments and tendons on bone and muscles.

Neurological problems in the horse can contribute to or appear to be lameness symptoms. The cause of lameness is not always restricted to the locomotion system (bones, tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles). Electromyography can be used to assess the status of the horse's neural system (nerves, motoric end plates and central nervous system and brain) and help determine if the lameness is associated with or even due to neurological factors.
Contact Information:
11045 Trinidad Street
Amarillo, TX  79118
Phone: (806) 622-0803

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PMSaturday by appointment
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