Joint Injections: Pros and Cons
Joint injections can safely localize lameness or medicate a joint, but occasionally they can cause complications, too.

Equine veterinarians recommend and perform joint injections for a variety of reasons. The two most common are 1) to anesthetize or “block” a joint to assist in lameness localization, and 2) to administer medications directly into the joint. Joint injections to administer medications are safely performed in a variety of sectors of the equine industry, including Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, show jumping, eventing, and Western performance.

“The perception of owners and trainers regarding the benefits and detriments of joint injections is remarkably varied,” explains Dan French, DVM, MVSc, Dipl. ACVS, an equine surgeon and performance horse practitioner from Okotoks Animal Clinic, w

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