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Written by Anouk van Breukelen

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A treatment of naturally occurring tendinitis and desmitis

Tendon and ligament injuries in horses are the most common cause of orthopedic disorders and regarded as a career-limiting disease. Because of a high incidence, a high re-injury rate and long recovery times, these disorders are a big problem for horse owners.

The results of follow-up data of the horses revealed a positive outcome including significant ultrasonographic and clinical improvements in eight out of ten horses with SDFT and suspensory ligament branch lesions, with return to their pre-injury level of performance by two to six months after the completion of treatment. The ninth horse showed no ultrasonographic improvements, however it did clinically become less lame. The last horse recovered, however it experienced re-injury after six months.

Expert opinion by Anouk van Breukelen

Further research in experimental models is required to fully understand the mechanisms of action. This treatment and the significant clinical impacts observed are an important advancement in the field of medicine.

> From: Kovac et al., Frontiers in Pharmacology 9 (2018) 978. All rights reserved to Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). Click here for the online summary.

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