Dr. David Miller
Summit Equine
Veterinary Services


Therapeutic Options

Conventional Therapy:
We offer all of the conventional therapies currently available.  After diagnosing a specific condition, We will discuss therapeutic options from conservative to aggressive.  We will then develop a therapy plan best suited for the patient and considering age and overall health, what the patient is used for, long and short term benefits and risks, and economic considerations.  Following are some additional therapies that may require more explination.

Shock Wave Therapy
High energy wave impulses are projected in a focused axis into injured soft tissue and/or bone structures in order to stimulate healing, increase blood flow, and provide pain relief

Cryotherapy
Liquid nitrogen is circulated through a small tip at the end of a probe which is applied to the surface of the skin.  Cryotherapy may be used for management of skin lesions and certain soft tissue injuries.

Acupuncture
Used diagnostically and therapeutically to treat both medical conditions and lameness problems. Acupuncture is also useful for treating back soreness and compensatory pain that results from a previous injury.

Platelet Rich Plasma
Naturally occurring growth factors and platelets (similar to stem cells), which are harvested from the horse’s own blood, are used to stimulate and expedite the healing of injured tendons and ligaments. 

Interleukin Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP):
Naturally occurring anti-arthritic proteins are normally present in the blood.  These proteins are concentrated, processed, refined and then injected into the affected joint(s) in a series of 3 to 6 injections over several weeks.  The result is slowing of the arthritis cascade, pain relief and normalization of the affected joint.

Laser Therapy:
 Infrared laser is useful to stimulate new tissue regeneration in wound therapy.  It is also useful for the treatment of soft tissue injuries.  The application of infrared light waves causes excitation of the tissue at the cellular level which enhances blood flow and the growth of new cells.  These factors are key in reducing inflammation and stimulating the healing process.

 

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