Equine/Large Animal

Application of Low-Level Laser Therapy and Chiropractic Care for Acute Back Pain in Horses
Seminar: American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation: Equine

Friday, October 13
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Room 204–205

APPLICATION OF LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY AND CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR EQUINE BACK PAIN

K. K. Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD; P. Manchon, BVSc; J. Donnell, DVM, MS, D. D. Frisbie, DVM, PhD
Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center (Haussler, Manchon, Donnell, Frisbie) Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523 and Equine Sports Medicine, LLC, Pilot Point, TX (Donnell, Frisbie).

Low-level laser therapy is used routinely in equine practice; however, there is limited evidence of effectiveness for pain management. The objective was to evaluate the effects of low-level laser therapy and chiropractic care in treating acute back pain in western performance horses. Sixty-One Quarter Horses actively involved in national western performance competitions were used to evaluate changes in clinical findings within the thoracolumbar spine. Horses were randomized into one of three groups: laser therapy, spinal manipulation, and laser therapy plus spinal manipulation across 3 treatment sessions applied over 5 to 7 days. Visual analog scales of perceived back pain and dysfunction and detailed spinal examinations evaluating pain, muscle tone and stiffness were recorded. Mechanical nociceptive thresholds were measured along the dorsal trunk were compared before and after treatment within the three groups. Repeated measures with post-hoc analysis was used to assess group differences across all parameters. Low-level laser therapy, as applied in this study, produced significant reductions in back pain, epaxial muscle hypertonicity and trunk stiffness. Combined laser therapy and chiropractic care produced similar reductions, with additional significant decreases in the severity of epaxial muscle hypertonicity and trunk stiffness. Chiropractic treatment by itself did not produce any significant changes in acute back pain, muscle hypertonicity or trunk stiffness; however, there were improvements in spinal and pelvic flexion reflexes. The results of this study support the concept that a multi-modal approach of laser therapy and chiropractic care is beneficial in treating acute back pain in Quarter Horses involved in active competition.

Kevin K. Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD

Associate Professor
ACVSMR

Kevin K. Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Coloradostate Univeristy, Department of Clincial Sciences, Orthopaedic Research Center

I am an Associate Professor at the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University and am involved in teaching, clinical duties, and research into the objective assessment of musculoskeletal pain, spinal dysfunction and the application of chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and rehabilitation. I am a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and am currently a course instructor for the Equine Rehabilitation Certification course co-branded by the University of Tennessee and Colorado State University.

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José M. García-López, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Associate Professor Large Animal Surgery Director of Equine Sports Medicine
Tufts University

Dr. José M. García-López, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVSMR
American College of Veterinary Surgeons
American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor Large Animal Surgery
Director of Equine Sports Medicine
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

José obtained his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and went on to complete a 1-year Equine Internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center (Ringoes, New Jersey, USA) followed by a 3-year Large Animal Surgical Residency with special focus on Equine Sports Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. Following his residency José obtained a Lecturer position in the Section of Equine Sports Medicine and Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he remained for 2 years. In 2002, he returned to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery and in 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor. While at Tufts, he has continued to concentrate his work in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders as well as the use of advanced imaging in the equine athlete. In 2010, he also became a faculty member of AO VET North America. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Dr. García-López specializes in equine orthopedic surgery including arthroscopy and fracture repair, upper respiratory surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, and advanced imaging. He regularly lectures and provides consultations at the national and international level.

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