For tendon(?) injury- wrap when and with what?

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  1. imjustjoking22

    imjustjoking22 Senior Member+

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    I've got two questions- for a bump on the tendon and moderate lameness, do you wrap all the time or something like 12hrs off 12 on?

    I've had my guy wrapped yesterday and today with no bows and ice tight poultice on the one leg. Out to treat him again today.

    I have animalintex cut into hoof size pads, DMSO, furazone, Epsom gel poultice- may have a couple others things. Recommendations would be nice!
     
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  2. bay_blnd jmpr07

    bay_blnd jmpr07 Senior Member+

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    Is he still being turned out? Do you know if it's torn? Any other swelling going on?

    Mars has a tear and because he can not be put on stall rest the vet said to not bother with wrapping him. Ice and cold water were suggested. Unfortunately I couldn't do a lot for him because of my back but his leg has actually healed up really well so far. He goes this week to be ultra sounded. Vet looked at it a few days ago when he was out and said it looked good and he was moving great and fully weight bearing.

    I did splurge on a Back on Track Quick Wrap to help with circulation and Mars seemed more comfortable when it was on when he was still ouchie. You work up to keeping it on for several days straight. But I think it really helped him
     
  3. WhitneyM

    WhitneyM Senior Member+

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    When my horse bowed his tendon he got his leg hosed off daily and then I let it dry, put some gel stuff on it that my vet gave me and support wrapped it. He was on stall rest for a few days and then I hand walked him for a while and then he was able to get turned out. He had his wrap on almost 24/7, if his leg started to get rubbed a bit I put some neosporin on it and it didn't bother it.
     
  4. imjustjoking22

    imjustjoking22 Senior Member+

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    Yea I'm getting the back on track wraps fairly soon, I've been planning to for a little while.

    I currently have him in his stall only because the alternative is stall + run but the run is very mucky and I think it could just injure it further too easily. I'm going to try to start walking him 2x daily starting today, buy up until now I've been cold hosing 20 mins and walking about the same.

    I also have bonner bandages, kind of freezable polo wraps, that I'm going to start putting on when I walk him.
     
  5. imjustjoking22

    imjustjoking22 Senior Member+

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    Oh and I don't know if it's a tear, and there's no other swelling.
     
  6. WhitneyM

    WhitneyM Senior Member+

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    As long as you change the wrap daily and check for any sort of rub you should be fine leaving the wraps on. Those bandages sound great. I know for maintence to prevent my horses tendon from geting irritated the vet recommended icing before and after exercise. Have you had your vet out to look at it?
     
  7. imjustjoking22

    imjustjoking22 Senior Member+

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    I haven't had my vet out yet, I don't think they could tell me much more without an ultrasound anyways so I'm just giving it some tome, wrapping, and cold therapy first. While it hasn't gotten better it also hasn't gotten worse, so if I'm lucky it will just need time (although I'm rarely lucky it seems!)

    I took a photo from the only angle you can see the bump from
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    He's lame at trot but not walk.
     
  8. imjustjoking22

    imjustjoking22 Senior Member+

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    I'm thinking maybe DMSO+ furazone and sweat it? Anyone think that might help?
     
  9. Ryle

    Ryle Senior Member+

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    At a minimum, this leg should be wrapped and the horse kept stalled for several weeks for a tendon injury. However, you really really should have a vet check the leg and ultrasound it so that you know exactly how much damage you are dealing with. This will allow you to know how long and how slowly you need to rehab the leg. Tendon injuries can take a couple of months up to a year or more to heal depending on the severity of the damage and you can greatly reduce the chances of a good recovery by putting too much stress on the tendon too quickly.

    Please take the time to review the link below.

    http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/large_animal/equine/lausbroch.cfm
     
  10. tbtrainer

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    I agree with Ryle, untill you get an ultrasound you are guessing. That being said, we usually treat a tendon injury early on with cold therapy...hosing for at least 20 minutes at a time twice a day. Poultice and a support bandage, and dont forget to wrap the other leg. Anti inflamitories will also help early on.

    There are so many treatments out there, SWT, stem cell, etc. Just depends on what you can spend. The thing with these injuries is even if there is not a lot of swelling and lameness there can still be a large lesion. I've also seen it go the other way, lots of swelling and it's a tendon sheath injury, not an actual bow.
     






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