The Tarsus (aka Hock Disorders)
The hock joint is put under a great deal of torsion and compression and it is no surprise that disease can manifest in this highly stressed and complicated joint. Conditions such as bog spavin, bone spavin, curb, fractures and chips, ligament and tendon strains are all common conditions which can cause pain and dysfunction of the hock. As with most other joint issues there is secondary muscle hypertonicity and pain in regions such as the hamstring heads, the gluteal, lumbo-sacral and mid thoracic regions depending on the meridians effected which course through the hock joint. The most well recognized symptom of hock pain is that when trotting the hind limbs skip or canter, this is why a lot of the lumbo-sacral pain and hypertonicity develops.
The acupuncture work-up can be very valuable in localizing pain from the tarsus region before any of the known clinical signs manifest. It is also important in determining how the hock pain is effecting the body such that mentioned above. Further evaluation and diagnosis of the hock is taken on by the vet who can use diagnostic tools such as x-rays, ultrasounds, scintigraphy and nerve blocks.
Benefits of acupuncture include:
Common Horse Injuries & Treatments