Gamble, a 9 year old gelding presented 4 weeks after sustaining an initial suspensory ligament injury. An ultrasound examination revealed a severely thickened digital sheath, with a disrupted enlarged lateral digital band of the superficial digital flexor tendon. Gamble was 5/5 lame when presented for treatment and the affected area was swollen and painful.
Phototherapy was done once a day using the Tissue Trauma protocol.
After 3 phototherapy sessions the swelling had gone done considerably, flexion of the joint was better and he showed no pain on deep palpation of the affected area. After only 5 phototherapy sessions the horse was sound and showed no lameness or pain at all.
Treatment and case study are courtesy of Vetlight in Pretoria.