Since moving back to New Zealand from England in 2011 I have been thrilled with the reception and interest from vets and other animal health professionals in working with me. This is really important as any physical therapy is complementary to veterinary care and does not replace it. My time spent working Dr Sue Dyson and Dr Rachel Murray at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK, has impressed on me the importance of finding a diagnosis if possible for physical discomfort in our animals. Lameness can range from the obvious down to a niggling poor performance that does not present as an overt issue. There are many different reasons for a horse to become reluctant to perform at its previous level or even move up in training stages and if rest or a reduction in work does not bring about an improvement then it can be useful to have a multi-pronged approach to diagnosing the problem. Remember that although physical therapists are trained to assess an animal for lameness and musculoskeltal issues we cannot see inside the animal itself!! Therefore we cannot say for sure what the underlying issues really is, only give you an educated assessment of the region of discomfort. This is were working along side vets is important as together we can use diagnostic techniques such as nerve or joint blocks and image structures with ultrasound, xray, and even bone scans (scintigraphy).
I will be posting some interested articles writen on the more obscure lameness and issues of horses and dogs and hope to start with Proximal Suspensory Desmitis as this is one of my own personal interests having ridden many for diagnostic work ups at The AHT.
And of course some more light hearted news such as when we are able to open our inpatient services here at Totara Flats Farm (although please contact me if you would like to enquire about this as we can take some now).
Thanks for joining me at the beginnning of this stage of my adventure and please come back to follow me for more.......