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A Novel Tool for Tendon Injury Rehab


S. Plevin


The Horse/AAEP Forum. April 2020

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Overstrain injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT), which runs down the back of the cannon bone, are among the most common musculoskeletal injuries veterinarians diagnose in equine athletes. The many treatment options have three things in common: time out of training, expense, and no guarantee of success. It makes sense, then, that injury prevention is always the goal; failing that, we need a method to optimally guide rehabilitation.

Conclusion: Although research is ongoing, ultrasound tissue characterization seemingly affords vets opportunity to tailor exercise regimens for the individual tendon, potentially allowing for a more successful return from injury.

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