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Researchers found that treating suspensory ligament branch tears surgically generally yielded a good prognosis and proved superior to noninvasive management. However, they cautioned, surgical intervention is lesion-specific and not applicable to all suspensory branch injuries.
Researchers found that standing surgery results were at least as good as those of surgeries performed under general anesthesia. The new procedure also allows better surgical access to the target tissues, they said.
Applying shock wave therapy immediately following PRP injection into injured soft-tissue structures might help increase the concentrations of growth factors released from the platelets, researchers found.
Ultrasound is a useful screening tool for assessing some deep digital flexor tendon lesions, but it could cause veterinarians to underestimate navicular bursa and collateral sesamoidean ligament lesions.