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Osteoarthritis of the Elbow in Horses


Marcus J. Head

, BVetMed

Last full review/revision Sep 2015 | Content last modified Jun 2016

Degenerative joint disease of the elbow joint, in the absence of an inciting primary lesion, is managed as described for the shoulder and other joints ( see Disorders of the Shoulder in Horses Disorders of the Shoulder in Horses Shoulder lameness in horses is less common than many owners expect. Although cases are often described as having a typical gait (reduced protraction/cranial phase, wearing of the toe, a swinging... read more ). Some horses present with lameness localized to the elbow joint by diagnostic anesthesia with little or inconclusive abnormalities evident with imaging. It has been reasonably proposed that these horses may be suffering from subchondral bone damage.

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