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May 13, 2016

Integrative Sports Medicine

by DePaolo Equine Concepts


People can be surprised that my veterinary practice specializes in chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition. I have found that these three areas of medicine greatly compliment what an lameness or attending veterinarian is doing to help the horse.

Dr. le Jeune addresses how an integrative approach can really be the best medicine. This article is so cool because it recommends that the most comprehensive approach to lameness diagnostics and treatment not only includes traditional evaluations, but points out the value of acupuncture and chiropractic, as well as checking other things like saddle fit, shoeing, rider ability, etc.

She suggests that a lameness exam should be performed anytime an acupuncture evaluation discovers the probability of a lameness issue, and the exact opposite is also true. The description of chronic pain symptoms should be helpful of owners, as well.

Having a knowledgeable veterinary team available for your horse can keep your down time to a minimum. An integrative approach that focuses on the entire horse is critical to preventing further damage or injury.

I have highlighted the parts of the article I found most interesting, so please read on and see what you think! The following article by Dr. Sarah le Jeune appears in the Spring 2016 Integrative Veterinary Care magazine. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE.


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