The joint capsule is composed of thick tissues that encase the joints. Inflammation of the joint capsule (capsulitis) can be very painful in horses. Inflammation of the inner lining of the joint (synovium) and the outer lining of the joint (capsule) are common responses to injury of the joint. Scar tissue begins to grow and it restricts range of movement and can be painful.
Depending on the severity of the injury, your vet will provide you with a variety of treatment options and a prognosis. Monitor your horse’s response to treatment by paying attention to their degree of lameness, swelling, heat, range of motion of the joint in question as treatment and time progresses.
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Prognosis & Relevant Factors
Prognosis varies depending on the severity of the synovitis and damage within the joint, the nature of the underlying disease process, and the degree of lameness.
Concurrent ligament damage worsens prognosis. Cartilage or bone damage worsens prognosis.
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QUESTIONS TO ASK MY VET
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