Equine Acupuncture on the Rise as Adjunct Therapy

Learn how acupuncture is used to supplement conventional therapies and treatments given to equine patients.
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Equine Acupuncture on the Rise as Adjunct Therapy
Lascola says her goal with acupuncture therapy is primarily to increase her patients’ comfort. | Photo Credit: University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Kara Lascola, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, uses equine acupuncture to supplement conventional therapies and treatments given to her patients.

She says her goal with acupuncture therapy is primarily to increase her patients’ comfort.

“I mainly use acupuncture to help manage chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal problems, such as back injuries, although it can also be used in management for other conditions such as laminitis or neuropathies,” she says.

Lascola is board certified in large animal internal medicine, and gained certification to perform acupuncture to expand options for her patients. She says there is evidence that acupuncture can be beneficial for managing pain in humans and veterinary species

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Learn more about the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine at vetmed.illinois.edu.

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