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To perform a Nerve Block the vet injects local anaesthetic into the nerves that are around a particular area of the limb eg fetlock. When the anaesthetic has taken effect, the horse is re examined to see if the lameness has improved or not. If necessary this process can be done several times, working from the foot of the affected limb upwards to determine the point of lameness.
The anaesthetic can also be injected into the horse’s joints and/or the tendon sheaths to see if these are the source of pain. By working in a logical way and using the additional tools of radiography (x-ray) and ultrasonography an exact cause of the lameness can be found.
Bourton Vale hosted a client evening at the Adlestrop Village Hall on Wednesday 1st Novewmber. The evening was kindly sponsored by Boehringer Ingleheim and was a huge success; allowing attendees to meet the new members of our team and have an introduction to a variety of topics.