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Sophia Rudolph

Class of 2026Fremont, California



  • "Diagnostic, treatment, and recovery approaches for equine osteoarthritis" with mentor Lucas (Nov. 16, 2023)

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Diagnostic, treatment, and recovery approaches for equine osteoarthritis

Started June 14, 2023

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Equine osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition that can lead to lameness in horses. This review covers up-to-date diagnostics, treatment, and recovery approaches. There are several diagnostic methods for equine osteoarthritis that are available, including a gait analysis, thermal imaging, ultrasonographic tools, and radiographic tools. Additionally, there is an escalating treatment paradigm, with therapies including oral joint supplements, physical therapy, and, importantly, hock injections, which are explored in greater detail. The level of escalation is explored based on diagnostic results. The background of each treatment is also explained thoroughly and explains how each of them affects the joints. Overall, this review finds that many existing treatment methods are effective at improving equine joint function.