Fracture Types and Treatments

Of all the emergencies requiring veterinary intervention, a fracture requires some of the most intensive medical attention–from first aid, to repair, and, finally, to rehabilitation and recovery. Fortunately, even a serious fracture is not the death sentence it once was for horses.
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There have been tremendous advances in both medical and surgical treatment of equine fractures in the past decade.

Of all the emergencies requiring veterinary intervention, a fracture requires some of the most intensive medical attention–from first aid, to repair, and, finally, to rehabilitation and recovery. Fortunately, even a serious fracture is not the death sentence it once was for horses.

According to Carl Kirker-Head, MA, Vet MB, Dipl. ACVS, ECVS, Marilyn M. Simpson Professor at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Orthopedic Research Laboratory, the last 10 to 15 years have brought a much better understanding of equine bone healing that is driving improvements in fracture treatment. These include the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques and novel implants, as well as the use of growth factors and tissue engineering to speed bone healing

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Nancy Zacks holds an M.S. in Science Journalism from the Boston University College of Communication. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia where she learned to ride over fields and fences in nearby Malvern, Pa. When not writing, she enjoys riding at an eventing barn, drawing and painting horses, volunteering at a therapeutic riding program, and walking with Lilly, her black Labrador Retriever.

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