A little over a year ago Chance was diagnosed and treated for a lesion on the Deep Digital Flexor Tendon (DDFT) of his hind fetlock. At the time, I decided to go with Stem Cell injections due to it being the least invasive treatment option. The Stem Cells worked wonders and Chance went from barely being able to walk to running up hills, from daily pain medications to a supplement (DuraLactin) to help with pain and inflammation) for arthritis.
A few months ago I wanted to see how Chance’s fetlock was holding up. He did not have any symptoms- no swelling, lameness, etc- but I wanted to make sure. The ultrasound revealed that he did still have a small lesion on his DDFT that the vet felt was “congenital” and not problematic. But due to his history I wanted to ensure that it stayed non-problematic. I invested in some protective and supportive hind boots for hi to wear when he is outside or stall bound due to weather and decided to do a round (about 5 sessions) of laser treatments on his hind leg. The laser treatments are relatively inexpensive (about $65.00), non-invasive, and pretty much risk free.
We are coming up on our 3rd treatment and due to Chance being asymptomatic it is hard to tell if they are beneficial until we do another ultrasound. Once an ultrasound is completed I will post more.
Article on Stem Cell Treatments: http://www.rossdales.com/news/new-stem-cell-trial-to-treat-deep-digital-flexor-tendon-injury.htm
Articles on Laser Treatments: Research Laser Therapy