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Case Study: Understanding Compensatory Lameness Patterns

Case Study: Understanding Compensatory Lameness Patterns

By Kevin Keegan Kevin G. Keegan, DVM, MS, DACVS | Updated on | Case Study, Compensatory Lameness, Data Interpretation, Forelimb Lameness, KG Keegan, Multiple Limb Lameness

Multiple limb lameness can be a little confusing to sort out completely, and it can be further complicated by apparent compensatory lameness – which is body movement asymmetry not due to pain, but rather the horse manipulating its body to help off-load a primary lame limb. Although not all horses exhibit compensatory lameness, some exhibit quite dramatic compensatory asymmetry – so much so that the compensatory movement appears more prominent than the primary lameness itself. It is easy to convince oneself to go after the grade 3/5 LF first, because it is so obvious. Here we present a case that...

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Case Study: Understanding Compensatory Lameness Patterns