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Acute lamenesses are frequently diagnosed and treated where the horse normally resides, but chronic unresolved lameness cases may be better assessed at the Usk surgery where there is a greater range of facilities.
In such instances a full standing examination is performed prior to gait assessment at walk and trot on a level, hard surface, with flexion tests, if appropriate.
More detailed information may be obtained using regional anaesthesia (nerve blocks), x-rays and ultrasound scans. This enables us to pinpoint the source of lameness prior to instigating specific therapy.
This workup usually takes between one and three hours, and the owner is welcome to stay or is free to leave their horse with us for the day.
For more information about lameness assessments please telephone 01291 672637.