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susan Penland
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Username: Sjp33

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2002 - 11:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr O,
I have a 14 yr old Tb, who has had a very full athletic life. He has hock issues which I have maintained with injections and adequan.
6 weeks ago he slid into a jump and we thought he had injured his stifle. After a 2 week bout of stall rest and 5 days of bute he was improved, but my vet still refered me to the nearby teaching hospital.
At the hospital they did flexions and then x rayed his stifle. There are no boney changes in the joint. However, there was evidence of an old injury (he slipped on the ice last winter and spent 2 months in a stall). It looked to me to be a kind of spur on his tibia. The vet there speculated that he probably reinjured himself. And diagnoisised a muscle tear. He thinks the origional injury was probably the muscle or the mucsle ligament tearing away from the bone. He recomended 6 more weeks of stall rest with only 20 minutes of hand walking a day. Then recheck, if he hasn't improved 6 more weeks etc.
My question is this, how long can
I excpect this tear to take in healing. Oh, it is one of the muscles at the back of his leg either the semimembranous or the tendionus.
He has already had six weeks of stall rest with about 40 minutes of hand walking a day. The longer he is in a stall the stiffer and more lame he looks to me. So it is quite frusterating.
Is there any way I can keep the healing mucsle fibers from calcifing? Also once he is going under saddle what can I do to help build up that leg. Or will it always be a weak link.
thank you
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 9709
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Sunday, Jan 4, 2004 - 9:58 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Susan,
We have an article on this condition including prevention of the complication at Equine Diseases Lameness Diseases of the Upper Rear Limb Fibrotic or Ossifying Myopathy & Myositis.
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