Neck and back pain

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Neck And Back Pain

Pain associated with the neck or back is a significant cause of gait abnormalities or loss of performance in athletic horses. Neck or back pain may be the only cause, but sometimes the pain is secondary to a problem in the limbs.

Symptoms

Change of posture or head carriage
Difficulty bending or flexing the neck
Difficulty or resistance to turning in one direction
Poor performance
Shortened stride
90%
Vague gait abnormality
90%
Weakness
90%
Incoordination
80%
Pain
70%

Diagnosis

  • Clinical signs
  • History
  • Physical exam
  • Radiography

Treatment


TreatmentDetails
Chiropractic manipulation.
Acupuncture.
Physical therapy.
NSAIDs.
DMSO.
Corticosteroids.
Buying a better-fitting saddle.

Scientific Research References

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