Bone Chip Rehabilitation
Historically, the rehabilitation program has been to keep the horse resting in his/her stall fro 2-4 weeks depending on the size and/or location of the chips. This is typically followed by handwalks and slow return to work.
With the HUGE advancements in human sports medicine recently, equine therapists are beginning to see the value of an active rehabilitation program. With active rehabilitation, the patients keeps their fitness and strength levels during the rehabilitation period. The therapists also have tools to relieve inflammation and range of motion exercises as well as deal with any compensatory problems. As we have learned from professional athletes, the improvement in surgical techniques as well as an agressive rehabilitation program will help bring these equine athletes back strong and balanced.