When a horse is diagnosed with lameness, it means that some abnormal motion or stance was observed in the horse, showing signs of compensation. When a horse exhibits lameness symptoms, this simply means that they are sore in a manner that is not allowing them to move in their normal way. Equine lameness may occur in the following areas:
Intra-articular injections are performed to sterilely deliver pharmaceutical drugs or products directly into your horse’s joint. The veterinarian may need to deliver medicine directly to a joint for several reasons, but the most common are:
- To anesthetize or “block” a joint during a lameness examination, or
- To medicate a joint to keep it moving pain-free
Regardless of the product being administered, the process of delivering intra-articular medications is essentially the same. The joint is cleaned with an antiseptic soap for approximately 10 minutes. The soap is rinsed off with isopropyl alcohol. Clipping the horse’s hair is often not necessary. The veterinarian then injects the desired drugs or products into the clean joint using sterile needles and syringes while wearing sterile gloves. Well-behaved horses might only require a twitch to ensure sufficient restraint, but less-well-mannered horses will require sedation.