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Ligament injuries Owner Factsheet

Ligaments are soft tissue structures that connect bone to bone in the skeleton. Injury of these supporting structures is a common cause of lameness in the horse. The severity of lameness and prognosis varies greatly according to the location and degree of ligament injury. Ligaments generally take a long time to heal and gradual return to exercise plays an essential part in the management of these injuries.

Image: Suspensory ligament: desmitis - transverse ultrasound
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What do ligaments do?

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How are ligament injuries caused?

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How will my vet diagnose a ligament injury?

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How are ligament injuries treated?

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How long do ligament injuries take to resolve?

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