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What to Expect at Your Appointment
The ESM’s objective is to support the equine athlete throughout its life by offering the latest therapeutic, diagnostic, and rehabilitation techniques from birth through adolescence, competition, injury, rehabilitation, and retirement. We are dedicated to making you and your horse feel at ease through the entire process.
The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital has a commitment to teaching clinical medicine to veterinary students. This is why students often will accompany us on our appointments.
Most clients can expect the following at their appointment:
  • The Equine Sports Medicine truck will pull up with our technician, Amanda, a Sports Medicine Clinician (Drs. King, Kawcak, or Frisbie) and a resident.  We'll talk with you to understand the issue, and to discuss the horse's history, which may include information about previous veterinary examinations or previous diagnostics. We'll then meet the horse and do a thorough physical exam and musculoskeletal palpation. We'll watch your horse move in hand, typically on straight lines and in circles, on hard and soft ground. Often, we will assess your horse's response to flexion tests to try and better isolate the source of pain.
  • After the initial examination, we'll discuss our findings and the diagnostic options available.  In the case of a lameness, we often recommend diagnostic analgesia (to desensitize specific areas of the leg) to better isolate the source of pain. We can then pursue imaging modalities such as radiographs and ultrasound.
    •Following a complete lameness evaluation and diagnostic imaging, we'll discuss an appropriate treatment plan. This plan might include intra-articular therapies, regional limb perfusions, stem cells, platelet rich plasma, shockwave, cyrotherapy, and therapeutic laser applications. Often, we follow a multi-modal approach to help return your horse to its full athletic potential.
  • At every step of the way, we'll provide treatment options and associated costs so that you can make an informed decision.  The initial evaluation lasts approximately 30 minutes, although diagnostic analgesia and imaging can take longer.  On average, an initial lameness work-up lasts a few hours.  We routinely see patients for recheck examinations as well, and these musculoskeletal and lameness examinations are often focused on the region of interest.
Whether you are a first-time or a repeat client, we will often take a few minutes at the end of your appointment to demonstrate different rehabilitation or strengthening or stretching exercises that will benefit your horse, so be ready for some hands-on interaction!

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

(970) 297-5000

(970) 297-1205

24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(970) 297-5000
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 556-3931