Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.
|No treatment may be needed in many cases.|
|Stall rest||Rest and anti-inflammatories (orally administered and topical gels) may be beneficial for when it first appears.|
|Arthroscopy||Surgery to remove areas of damaged or free standing cartilage or bone (if the cause is related to a chip fracture or osteochondrosis (OCD))|
|If excessive fluid is present||Drainage of the excess joint fluid may be needed followed by a hyaluronic acid and/or steroid anti-inflammatory injected into the joint. After the procedure, some stall rest is often indicated for 2-3 weeks following, with support bandaging to help prevent the joint from re-filling. This procedure may need to be repeated.|
|Supplemental vitamins/minerals||If caused by vitamin or mineral deficiencies, these should be corrected.|