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DIAGNOSIS • TREATMENT • REHABILITATION

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DIAGNOSIS • TREATMENT • REHABILITATION

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DIAGNOSIS • TREATMENT • REHABILITATION

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DIAGNOSIS • TREATMENT • REHABILITATION

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DIAGNOSIS • TREATMENT • REHABILITATION

Wellington Equine uses the science of physical therapy with a combination of acupuncture, manipulation, FES, and specific customized exercise programs, both in hand and under saddle, to aid in the rehabilitation process.

The goals of a rehabilitation program are to:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Promote quality healing of injuries
  • Increase range of motion of joints
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Improve overall performance

We not only help your horse recover, but educate owners and riders to help prevent future injuries.

Ultrasound progress exams are an essential part of the injury rehabilitation process. The healing of tendon and ligament injuries can be effectively monitored with ultrasound. The ability to obtain objective information through ultrasound allows us to optimize healing and minimize your horse’s time off from competition.

The size, shape and fiber pattern of an injured tendon or ligament is periodically evaluated with ultrasound to determine what level of exercise is appropriate at each stage of healing. Controlled, graduated exercise is critical to the healing process. Serial ultrasound exams guide the rate of increase in exercise level and timing of your horse’s return to work.

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is an effective modality to reduce muscle spasm and provide normal mobility of joints.

It is a type of electrotherapy available for use in equine rehabilitation. FES produces smooth contraction and relaxation of superficial and deep muscle groups, mimicking normal muscle contraction and relaxation.

FES is effective in reducing muscle spasms, strengthening muscle, stimulating deep muscle tissue and improving range of motion. It is effective, safe and comfortable for the horse. It can treat acute and chronic conditions and can decrease rehabilitation time.

FES has been shown through decades of research to be the most effective type of electrical stimulation for the rehabilitation of injuries, as well as for reducing the stress and strain of training for performance enhancement.

Acupuncture can provide many benefits to the horse during the rehabilitation process from an injury. Acupuncture is an effective way to decrease pain and general stiffness. In some cases, it may be helpful in reducing anxiety from decreased exercise during the rehabilitation process.

Acupuncture reduces pain and inflammation by stimulating the nervous system along the energy flow pathways to release naturally occurring analgesic ‘endorphins’. It has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of back, stifle and hock pain, foot pain, arthritis and soft tissue problems.

SpiritCase

Spirit

“Spirit” is a 10 year old Arabian gelding used for competitive trail riding. He had a history of intermittent front and rear limb lameness and recently had pain and severe muscle atrophy in his neck. After a complete work up and traditional medical treatment, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) was used to successfully treat his neck pain and muscle atrophy. Learn more…

 

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Reva

“Reva” is an 18-year-old Hanoverian mare who had been shown at Prix St George level dressage. She had recovered from a severe RF check ligament injury, but was extremely stiff in her back, unable to bend properly and had atrophy of her top line muscles. After a complete work up, she was successfully treated with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and was able to perform comfortably and return to the show ring. Learn more…


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