SouthWest Equine Hospital

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Sports Medicine

At Southwest Equine, we strive to keep your athlete in peak performance. In-depth evaluations are performed to identify the source acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems. Lameness exams may be performed at your farm or in our hospital. Diagnosis of lameness is facilitated by the use of peri-neural and intra-articular anesthesia, radiography, and digital ultrasound (on-site). Referral for nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan) or an MRI may be recommended. Our veterinarians believe in spending the time to identify the source of lameness in order to provide specifically targeted therapeutic plans. We offer a wide range of treatment modalities including joint injections, shockwave therapy, PRP, IRAP, stem cell therapy, and Tildren.

  • Regenerative Medicine

    Regenerative medicine is the treatment of choice for many musculoskeletal problems. Southwest Equine Hospital offers Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP), Interluken-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP) and Stem Cell therapies for both soft tissue and joint problems, either as an immediate treatment for acute injuries, or to maintain performance in chronic cases. 

  • Shock Wave

    Shock wave therapy has proven highly successful in promoting healing of soft tissue structures (tendons and ligaments) and remodeling bones (splints). It is a commonly used treatment for sport horse injuries because it requires little preparation (light sedation), is non-invasive, and can be used for both chronic and acute injuries. The wave emitted from the device stimulates new cell growth and improves circulation, which promotes healing. The treatment also results in a temporary analgesic effect (pain relief).

  • Pre-Purchase Exams

    Prior to investing in the purchase of a new horse, a complete pre-purchase examination is highly recommended. The format and extent of the exam can be tailored to the individual needs of the client and horse, but usually involves a thorough physical examination from head to tail. The horse is observed for soundness, and digital radiographs are encouraged to establish a baseline of skeletal changes. Reproductive exams, ultrasound exam, bloodwork, and upper airway endoscopy are available for more comprehensive examinations by request.


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