forelimb tendinopathy

dahlberg et al 2006


  • 9 horses unilateral forelimb lameness
  • horses led over force plaate three days before treatment and 7 days after
  • horses clipped + sedated, administration of 2000 shocks


  • horses applied more force through the affected limb after treatment than before


  • small sample size
  • best 5 passes for each day for each horse
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o canapp et al 2014

cross friction massage 10 mins 2-3 times/week during early rehab followed by stretching after treatment

sports specific training towards end of rehab may include low, straight jumps with wide, sweeping turns. No A frames or weave poles until late in training period.

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hart 2011

dogs with tendinopathy often have reduced ROM in the affected joint

manual therapies can be used for several purposes 

  • decrease pain and inflammation
  • increase joint function

exercise therapy may be used in later stages to increase strength

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takayashi et al 2010


  • 7 thoroughbred horses
  • force probes implanted into superficial digital flexor tendon on one forelimb
  • force recorded durong trot and canter at inclines of 0,3 and 8%


  • force during trot/canter uphill unchanged /lower than flat surface at same speed


  • use of 0% incline provided control
  • risk of results being affected by horse fatigue
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