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Friday, May 11, 2012


These small bumps were caused by micro-injections of medication just under the skin, or also known as Mesotherapy. This treatment has been used effectively for over 30 years in humans and horses. The primary objective of this treatment in horses is to block or break the pain cycle associated with chronic back pain. 

Technically, mesotherapy treatment stimulates the mesoderm or middle layer of skin by stimulating the giant fibers present within this layer of skin. Commonly, a combination of lidocain and dexamethasone is injected via multiple extra small needles (30g). These micro-injections result in stimulation of the giant nerve fibers located within this layer of skin that also communicate with major nerve tracts within the spinal chord. These nerve fibers INHIBIT the conduction of pain signals to the brain.

Typically, one or two mesotherapy treatments are applied to a horse's back and often are combined with shockwave treatments. Mesotherapy is used primarly as an aid to alleviate back pain followed by treatment of the primary cause of the back pain/spasm. This typically involves a source of lameness in either the forelimbs or hindlimbs. In addition, osteo-arthritis of the thoraco-lumbar spine and "kissing spines" are causes of chronic back pain. 

The response to mesotherapy is usually within 2-3 days and may last for 3-4 months. 

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