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Proximal Suspensory Ligament Injury, Front Limb

This is a common soft tissue injury in sport and racehorses and comes from repetitive loading or overload of this structure. It can be difficult to diagnose, requiring a thorough lameness evaluation in most cases.

In many cases, there is little noticeable swelling. In some cases, pain may be noticed when pressing on this area. The cornerstone of the veterinary diagnosis is nerve blocks and imaging the area with ultrasound.

This condition can be difficult to treat, and tends to recur after return to work. Suspensory injury treatment requires extended rest and gradually increasing exercise, with repeated reevaluation by a vet and ultrasound to assess healing.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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