Equine Sport Solutions (ESS),
is a veterinary practice based out of Colorado Springs, promoting the pursuit of excellence in the equestrian sport.

Image-Guided Procedures

Ultrasound-guided injections:

Digital ultrasound is used by our horse veterinary practice as an imaging modality to guide a needle into an identified lesion. It is most commonly used for treatments associated with soft tissue injuries (i.e. suspensory ligament desmitis) or for treatments into regions that are anatomically more difficult to access (i.e. sacroiliac region). Guided procedures insure proper and specific placement of treatments like stem cells, ACP, PRP, and IRAP therapy. Please see our regenerative therapy page for more information regarding these treatment modalities.

Some common regions we use ultrasound-guidance are listed below.

1. Tendon/ligament lesion injections
2. Cervical facet injections of the neck
3. Dorsal spinous process or dorsal articular process injections of the back
4. 4 site sacroiliac injections of the pelvis

Often, specific conditions or injuries require specific treatments. Our horse veterinary practice is comprised of sports medicine specific, post-doctorate trained practitioners with a strong knowledge of radiography and ultrasound principles as well as excellent transducer manipulation skills. Therefore, our Colorado Springs horse veterinary practice provides a customized approach to procedures that can greatly assist the healing process.

Radiograph-guided farriery

Our sports medicine horse veterinary practice understands that the most common ailment in horses is lameness. Most of us have heard the phrase, “no foot, no horse.” Lameness typically is a result of long-standing poor conformation and hoof imbalance. Even when a specific lesion (i.e. soft tissue injury) has been identified and treated, the biomechanics of the foot still need to be addressed so that the injury doesn’t happen again. The outside of the horse’s foot doesn’t always correlate with the inside. Although the foot may appear balanced and symmetric from the outside, the bones and joints may not be properly aligned once radiographed. Radiograph-guided farriery or shoeing under x-ray guidance can be used in the sound horse as a preventative measure or in a horse with an identified musculoskeletal injury. Equine Sport Solutions works with your farrier by providing stall side radiographs to facilitate proper angles and balance during the visit.