This week’s MRI was a wealth of information and, albeit rather expensively obtained, it was well worth the 4-hour-each-way trek to learn more about what’s going on in that left fore.
It turns out that the collateral ligament isn’t actually of prime focus. The main observations, as described to me in laymen’s terms, are this:
- Significant bone bruising on the medial side (which explains him being worse going right)
- Arthritic changes in both coffin and fetlock joint
So, really, we are not looking at soft tissue as the primary cause of Jack’s lameness. There was some discussion around mild aggravation to the DDFT, but not enough to think that it was related to the overall lameness we are seeing. Which is good!
Our next steps are thus:
- Do balance x-rays and pour-in pads for shoes (today)
- Make plan for IRAP injections (blood draw today)
- Do joint-specific blocks to determine how much coffin vs fetlock joint are causing lameness (today)
- Keep Jack on stall/rehab-paddock rest to limit concussion on feet (in progress)
- Take baseline x-rays of coffin/fetlock for future reference
Once we determine which joint is more at play in his lameness (or both, who knows), we can make a more exacting plan in regards to time off, and/or when to work our way back into work. Hopefully more on this tomorrow, if all goes well!