Dr. Ali Daniel has become well recognized in South Florida for providing excellent lameness exams. He provides these as a first or second opinion and works closely with your team (farrier, chiropractor, trainer) to provide the best outcome. As a practicing specialist equine surgeon, he draws from this skill and applies a thorough knowledge of the current research in his decision making. Also, as a former three day event rider, he can relate to the problems being felt by the rider under saddle and connect this to the clinical picture.
We have the ‘Lameness Locator’ made by Equinosis which is a precise measurement of horse movement and picks up subtle asymmetries. We use this instrument to measure our sport horses before their competitions, to help diagnose subtle lameness and to monitor the progress to the various treatments we offer.
- History – it is helpful to have this information organized prior to the appointment
- Physical palpation and manipulation of the limbs, neck and back
- Dynamic examination (in hand trotting, lunging, under saddle) with flexion testing
- Local anesthetic blocks are also used, either around the nerve ‘nerve block’ or into the joint ‘joint block’
- Diagnostic imaging (see “digital radiographs and ultrasound“)
- Treatment options are then discussed
In addition to first opinion lameness exams, Dr. Daniel works with your regular veterinarian to provide second opinion consultations. These may be after you have tried several treatments and it is important to have these records available for review prior to the consultation.
Owners often request pre-purchase exams prior to acquiring a new horse. These examinations include a complete physical exam, hands-on palpation, observation of movement and flexion testing. Whenever possible ridden examination should be performed.
Additional testing is often requested and can include:
- Bloodwork for routine health screening
- Blood testing for drug screening
- Radiographs are routinely offered
- Diagnostic ultrasound can performed in some cases