Equine Sports Medicine Clinic
Our Global Holistic Approach to Equine Health
To diagnose & treat injury or performance issues
Maintain Peak Performance with traditional & holistic therapy
Design Injury Rehabilitation Programs
In Equine Sports Medicine we combine the following to provide global therapy:
- Principles of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
- Principles of Equine Biomechanical Medicine
- Myofascial Therapy & Physical Therapies
- Injury RehabilitationTechniques
Dr Deetman is a Sport Horse Medicine Vet with special interests as a Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. We take a global approach to the condition of the horse because Sport Horse Medicine is not just about treating equine injuries.
In the event of an injury, traditional Veterinary treatments combined with our toolkit of Equine Therapeutic Techniques. provides immediate treatment to performance or injury issues, allowing the animal to remain in work or competition if possible. If time out of work is required, immediate commencement of rehabilitation techniques can minimise loss of function, fitness and muscle tone. Horses under confinement can, and should, still participate in rehabilitation exercises.
Rehabilitation Programs are designed to increase the rate of healing and reducing the time off work due to injury. Rapid return to normal function is the goal for every injured horse.
Traditional Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
Initial examinations start with an animal profile which includes husbandry, training & performance information & clinical examination. We may advise diagnostic imaging and/or laboratory assessments.
In the initial presentation we want to diagnose the source of injury or poor performance. Early diagnosis allows rapid interception, allowing the animal to remain in work or in competition if possible.
All horses, whether for pleasure or competition, should undergo regular health assessments.
This essential clinical examination is required to assess the mobility of the animal. Knowledge of biomechanics is required due to the complex inter-relationships of how the horses muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia affect the head, neck, body and limbs.
We are not going to "guess" which tissues are affected. Nor can we start "treating" the horse without first examining the animal to diagnose any problems.
Veterinary Biomechanical Assessment combined with the Veterinary Clinical Examination results in a global picture of the horse, defining any problems and allowing a pathway for therapy.
Therapy may be to maintain athletic performance (if no problems) or to treat identified & diagnosed performance problems. To maintain top performance, regular health assessments are required.