Horse Tendon and Ligament Mineralization: Cause for Concern?
Tendons and ligaments are meant to be soft tissues. They’re meant to stretch and they’re meant to flex. Sometimes, however, they essentially harden—this horse tendon and ligament mineralization occurs when hard material forms within the structure. This must be bad news, right? Not necessarily, researchers say.
“Our study has shown that mineralization can be present and not cause lameness,” said Etienne O’Brien, BVM&S, Cert VA, Cert EP, PhD, MVM, MRCVS, of the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College, in the U.K.
And, when there’s both lameness and mineralization, it doesn’t mean the mineralization is causing the lameness or is the only cause. “We cannot ever know with certainty whether the mineralization is contributing to lameness solely or along with other injuries in the same area,” O’Brien
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