Over the last few weeks I have been blogging about different types of therapies and how they can be used to treat injury. Today I thought we would start looking in more detail at what happens when your horse injures himself.
This response is the immune system reacting to damage and is a NATURAL response. It results in inflammation or swelling of the injured area and is often our first indication that something is wrong.
These symptoms have a purpose; pain lets the horse know that there is a problem and that they must not use the damaged area. The swelling helps to immobilise the area and heat tells us that there is increased blood flow to the area.
Unfortunately, inflammation can become a problem if it is out of control and can affect the healing process. This is because excess fluid (blood and lymph) can make it difficult for undamaged cells in the damaged area to get enough oxygen which means these cells will die too. The fluid build up also puts extra pressure on the blood vessels in the area and this can result in a slow down of the flow of blood and lymph.
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