UQ VETS Equine Specialist Hospital clinicians, including experienced surgery specialists, carry out lameness evaluations. You can be referred to us or we can provide a second opinion on lameness cases. 

Lameness causes and management

We evaluate, diagnose and treat common causes of lameness including:

  • hoof wall or sole damage
  • laminitis
  • injury or degeneration or the podotrochlear (navicular) apparatus
  • degenerative joint disease
  • flexor tendon and suspensory ligament injuries
  • osteochondrosis
  • stifle lameness resulting from soft tissue injuries
  • stress fractures
  • angular and flexural limb deformity
  • wounds, sequestrum and septic arthritis.

Our diagnostic examination 

During your appointment, we’ll work closely with our in-house equine specialists to carry out an advanced diagnostic examination (work-up) of your horse. 

We will:

  • ask you to hand walk and trot your horse into our trot-up area or ride your horse in our full-size sand arena (if required)
  • observe your horse's lameness
  • administer diagnostic nerve or joint blocks to anaesthetise your horse's foot region
  • localise and confirm where your horse's lameness originates
  • further diagnose the problem using diagnostic imaging techniques, such as:

Our treatment options

After we've carried out a diagnostic work-up, our specialists will discuss your horse's prognosis and available treatment options with you. 

Treatments may include: 

  • remedial farriery
  • diagnostic and surgical arthroscopy
  • ultrasound guided neck, back and sacroiliac injections
  • surgical correction of wounds, angular and flexural deformities
  • fracture repair
  • arthrodesis/facilitated ankylosis
  • autologous-conditioned serum (IRAP)
  • platelet rich plasma (PRP)
  • structured exercise programs
  • physiotherapy.

Our Master farrier is available for consultation and remedial farriery procedures if we diagnose your horse with lameness from the feet.

Make an appointment

You'll need a referral from your vet before you book. You can be referred internally if your horse is a patient with us.

After referral: to make an appointment, phone us on 07 5460 1799.

Business hours

Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm

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