Diagnosis & Treatment
Glenwood Veterinary Clinic offers the premier team of horse vets on the Western Slope of Colorado. Trail riding, barrel racing, roping, rodeo, racehorse, reining, dressage, hunter jumper, cutting, western pleasure, backyard, cow horse, endurance, eventing, cross country, polo, driving and drive teams, western dressage, gymkhana.
Our team of veterinarians have advanced training in sports medicine and stay active in the rapidly changing landscape of equine lameness and soundness. When you bring your horse to see us, whether it is for non weight bearing lameness or just a bit of back soreness, our team will work closely with you to identify your goals and reach an optimal performance without pain or discomfort.
When we talk about sports medicine, we try to break it down in terms of diagnostics and treatment, acknowledging that some forms for treatment may be diagnostic as well.
Avoid for overweight, metabolic, Cushing’s/Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) horses, as too much steroid can lead to laminitis or founder.
The steroids that we use in joint injections are not what the body builders use. Big muscle man steroids are called anabolic (build up) steroids while we use catabolic (break down) steroids to rid joints of painful inflammation and pressure. Steroids are the most common option that we use in joint injections as they are often the most cost effective. They will typically give a robust response by curbing inflammation within the joint. Over time, there is concern that steroids will damage cartilage within the joints. We generally do not recommend injecting a joint with steroids more than once every 3-6 months.
We offer multiple types of regenerative medicine at GVC. Our current options are ProVet APC, IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein), ProStride, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Renovo. Each of these products has excellent benefits and generally operate similarly. In all products except Renovo, we pull your horse’s blood and extract anti-inflammatory proteins, growth factors and other pain relieving cells to reinject into joints.
“Polyacrylamide hydrogel products, although often considered equal, have clear differences in composition, manufacturing quality and injection techniques as well as their ability to interact with surrounding tissues. These characteristics determine the safety and effectiveness of each hydrogel.
Upon injection into joints, Arthramid® Vet, a uniquely cross-linked 2.5% polyacrylamide hydrogel, adheres to the synovial lining through its ability to exchange water molecules. Over a period of 14 days the gel becomes integrated into the synovial lining and its immediate surrounding tissue of the inner capsule by a combination of cell migration and vessel ingrowth forming a thick, cushion-like membrane consisting of vessel integrated gel covered by a new and hypercellular synovial cell lining.
As a result, Arthramid® Vet has an augmentation effect on both the joint capsule and synovium. It increases the elasticity and tensile strength of the capsule, improving its capacity to transfer load. It is believed that this augmentation and cushioning causes a subsequent reduction in mechanoreceptor activation in the capsule itself. It also causes the formation of a new and hypercellular synovial cell lining, improving the quality of synovial fluid within the joint itself. These actions both help reduce synovitis and its successively deleterious effects.
Unlike other hydrogels Arthramid® Vet becomes fully integrated into the surrounding tissue (rather than encapsulated) and is therefore long lasting. Arthramid® Vet does not elicit a foreign body reaction or harbour infection. Arthramid® Vet is non-pyrogenic, neuro innocuous and contains no heavy metals.”