Cornell University Hospital for Animals


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Orthopedic medical conditions

Osteochondritis Dissecans
Osteochondritis Dissecans, or OCD, is a joint disorder in which cracks form in the articular cartilage and the underlying bone. Common in young horses, OCD causes joint swelling and often lameness. OCD can be treated by removal of the bone fragment though minimally invasive arthroscopy. In more severe cases, the cartilage can be repaired or cartilage grafting procedures might be performed to optimize your horse’s prognosis for sound athletic function.

Bowed tendon or suspensory ligament tearing
Athletic horses of all types can injure either a tendon or ligament resulting in swelling and lameness. An ultrasound examination of the tendon reveals the severity of the tear. Depending on type of tear your horse has, physical therapy alone or in conjunction with regenerative medicine such as platelet rich plasma or stem cells will be recommended.