Strained Suspensory Ligament

My horse has been diagnosed as having strained the suspensory ligament in his right front leg. My vet says stall rest for three months, minimum, is what is required. Aren't there some aggressive therapies to aid in healing. I understand the length of time it takes to ...My horse has been diagnosed as having strained the suspensory ligament in his right front leg. My vet says stall rest for three months, minimum, is what is required. Aren't there some aggressive therapies to aid in healing. I understand the length of time it takes to ...

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

My horse has been diagnosed as having strained the suspensory ligament in his right front leg. My vet says stall rest for three months, minimum, is what is required. Aren’t there some aggressive therapies to aid in healing. I understand the length of time it takes to heal, and don’t want to rush it. But I would think that there are some alternatives to speed recovery and aid in a more effective and thorough repair of the damage. What about magnetic wraps, sports medicine boots, shoeing techniques, heat/wraps, Bioscan, etc?

Dennis

Dennis,
Your vet gave you the best treatment–time! There is no magic treatment. The magnetic wraps, bioscan, etc. are lacking in scientific proof to be of any significant help. Most owners get in a hurry and end up injuring the horse worse by starting to work them too soon.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder