At NEH we employ tailored musculoskeletal rehabilitation plans for our individual patients to enhance the quality and longevity of their recovery and to improve their rate of return to competition.
Successful recovery from musculoskeletal injury is frequently multifactorial and relies on an appreciation of how the injury impacts not just the specific region of the body affected, but also the interaction of this change in function and the consequences this has on the horse as a whole. An accurate diagnosis and correct management of the initial injury should be supported by a complete assessment of the horse and creation of a rehabilitation plan specific to the individual.
In human orthopaedics and sports medicine fields rehabilitation techniques are used prior to surgery, in the immediate post-operative or post-injury phase and throughout the recovery period to increase the quality of healing of the injured structure, maintain core strength and fitness and to provide supplementary pain relief where required.
Cases that may benefit from rehabilitative techniques include those undergoing poor performance or lameness evaluation, orthopaedic or trauma surgery, or cases requiring prolonged time out of work. In addition to targeted physical therapy, acupuncture, kinesiotape application, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), laser therapy, proprioceptive training methods and protocols for underwater treadmill use in the rehabilitating patient are available and can be incorporated into the tailored program designed for the individual patient.
Specialist in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
BVSc MS DipACVSMR MRCVS
Jodie graduated from Bristol University Veterinary School in 2010 before completing an Internship at NEH. After working in a busy equine practice for 18 month, she moved to the US to pursue her interests in Equine Sports Medicine. She undertook Internships at the Universities of California and Colorado and completed a 3-year Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Programme, focused primarily on musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging and gait pattern association with performance. She gained her Master's Degree in Clinical Sciences in 2019. In February 2020 Jodie successfully passed the qualifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, becoming a Diplomate of the College.
Our hospital veterinary surgeons are consultants in their field, holding specialist qualifications endorsed with extensive clinical experience.