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Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder in Horses

By Marcus J. Head, BVetMed, Rossdales Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre

Degenerative joint disease affecting the shoulder joint poses the same problems here as it does elsewhere. If no primary cause is identified that is amenable to correction and if radiographic signs (periarticular osteophytes, etc) are established, it is safe to assume that cartilage destruction is well underway. Signs can be ameliorated, but not cured, with use of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and disease-modifying therapies.