Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise.
Lameness & Pre-Purchase Examinations
Lameness in horses is a term that is used to refer to any number of conditions where the animal fails to travel in a regular and sound manner on all four feet. Lameness prevents the horse from moving in a natural and symmetrical fashion. The cause of the lameness can arise from a variety of sources. It can cause simple performance problems or be serious enough to prevent normal function. Lameness can present in many ways ranging from a sudden change in the quality of movement to a gradual change in the ability to perform certain tasks. Circle Oak Equine offers comprehensive lameness exams and gait analyses using a combination of our doctors' years of equine lameness expertise and sophisticated technology that measures minute changes and irregularities in a horse's gait.
A pre-purchase exam should give you a baseline of existing problems and of potential future problems in the horse being considered. Any health or lameness issues that are uncovered should be a part of the prospective purchaser’s decision process. Your veterinarian is often a neutral source of information about health and lameness issues and we at Circle Oak are happy to share our knowledge.
Circle Oak offers the latest in regenerative medicine technologies. These “modified” biologic products are injected into or applied to the horse in order to treat a specific joint or injury. These therapies are referred to as “autologous” because the patient is being treated with a product derived from his or her own body. Autologous therapies are safe and associated with minimal side effects. Regenerative medicine is one of the most recent and potentially helpful therapies introduced to the equine industry over the last several years. The regenerative medicine options at Circle Oak Equine include, but are not limited to, Prostride, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Interleukin Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) and stem cell therapy.
Acupuncture & Chiropractic Therapy
Acupuncture is one of the oldest practices of traditional Chinese medicine, which teaches that energy, or qi (pronounced "chee"), courses through the body along channels called meridians; illness occurs when that flow is disrupted. Acupuncture needles stimulate or interrupt the flow of this energy, changing the disease process. Acupuncture can be helpful to relieve pain, relax muscles or to remove compensations built up from repetitive movements. It can be helpful in some neurologic conditions and can aid the healing of a variety of conditions.
Chiropractic and Spinal Manipulation are manual therapies that can be effective in treating many health and performance problems. These therapies focus on the biomechanical dysfunction of the spine and its effect on the entire nervous system throughout the body. If an area with reduced range of motion exists, the horse loses normal flexibility of its spine, affecting performance and resulting in stiffness and muscular tension. Reduced mobility between two vertebrae can affect the nerves that leave the spinal cord between these adjacent vertebrae. A decrease in the nerve’s function can lead to interference in the flow of stimuli or information, which is necessary for smooth coordination of body functions and muscle contractions.
Electrophysical Therapies are useful during all stages of your horses healing. The veterinarians at Circle Oak Equine are well versed in how and when to maximize your results with these modalities.
Class IV Lasers
Pegasus Therapy Laser
Artemis Regenerative Laser
FES - Functional Electric Stimulation
TENS Unit - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
PEMF - Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy