Maureen KelleherWith Maureen Kelleher, DVM, CVA, Diplomate ACV, Clinical Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine and Surgery

Sponsored Content – Devastating news. Your horse has suffered a soft tissue injury to a tendon or ligament and your show season or recreational riding may now be in jeopardy for the foreseeable future. But, thanks to the latest veterinary medical research and innovation, injuries resulting in structural damage to the tissue can be treated with a variety of options, healing soft tissues and perhaps ultimately salvaging your show season.

Extra-corporeal Shockwave Therapy

Extra-corporeal Shockwave Therapy

Advanced scientific options include: Extra- corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), which has been a mainstay in treating soft tissue injuries with proven results. ESWT works to improve cellular communication to release growth factors and improve formation of new blood vessels to the injured area.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is making its way to the forefront of veterinary medicine with documented results for improving many types of injuries including bone, soft tissue and wounds. LLLT works to improve cellular signaling to decrease inflammation and promote cell healing.

Depending on the type of injury your horse has sustained, Regenerative Therapies may also be a possibility. Autologous Conditioned Serum (ACS), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Stem Cell options, either fat-derived or bone marrow-derived, are now proven possibilities for localized treatment of injuries.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-Level Laser Therapy

And, in the mix of today’s elective treat- ments, are alternative therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic care, both of which have proven to deliver effective healing and therapeutic value in specific situations.

With today’s latest scientific veterinary advancements, horse owners now have many options for treatment and healing that can improve down time as well as final results. Performed on the farm or in a facility, these options merit consideration when the diagnosis is a soft tissue injury.

Veterinarians at the Equine Medical Center, in collaboration with your primary care veterinarian and farrier, can help guide you through the most advanced array of rehabilitation and healing options for your horse.

For more information about sports medicine services at the EMC go to: or contact Kathy Ashland at (703) 771 6875

(sponsored content; originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of The Equiery)


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