Diagnostic Nerve and Joint Blocks
It is quite common for horses with lamenes
s problems to not show any outward signs of heat, swelling, palpable pain or sensitivity to allow the veterinarian to localise the cause. Perineural or intra-articular analgesia (nerve and joint blocks) involves injecting local anaesthetic either around nerves or directly into a joint, and are commonly performed during a lameness investigation
. By desensitizing specific areas of the limb and evaluating any change in lameness, the area of discomfort can be isolated allowing further investigation such as radiography
(X-rays) or ultrasonography
to establish an accurate diagnosis. Once the proper diagnosis is made we can then start to discuss management and treatment options with a high chance of successfully resolving the problem.