Dr. Ian Campbell and Dr. Andres Macouzet are dedicated to diagnosing and treating lameness problems in the performance horse. Routine musculoskeletal and lameness examinations begin by watching the horse move in a circle and straight line on a firm surface. Flexion stress tests are performed. The limbs are palpated to detect heat, sensitivity and inflammation. Hoof capsule discomfort is evaluated with hoof testers. The horse may also be evaluated in soft, deep ground and under saddle. Diagnostic regional and/or joint nerve blocks are performed to pinpoint the area of lameness and to thoroughly address multiple leg lameness issues. When a region of pain is isolated the area may be imaged using x-ray and/or ultrasound to better devise a treatment plan. At Santa Lucia Farm we understand that the goal is to return the horse to performance as quickly as possible but ultimately the long term health of the horse is the most important factor.
Radiographs- Santa Lucia Farm uses the Cuattro Digital x-ray system. Completely wireless and cordless! Amazing quality images are obtained instantly.
Ultrasound- The LogicBook ultrasound system is used to image distal limbs, stifles, cervical facets, back abnormalities and for ultrasound guided procedures such as stem cell/PRP therapies, sacro-illiac and cervical facet injections.
MRI and Nuclear Scintigraphy are available through Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Clinic located less than 5 miles away.
Treatment options are tailored to suite each individual situation. From sport medicine joint injections, to Tildren infusions, to regenerative therapies such as IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein), PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and Stem cell therapy a treatment plan and rehabilitation program will be devised to best return the horse to athletic function.