Joint Disease in the Horse 2nd edition

Dr. McIlwraith’s Joint Disease in the Horse, 2nd Edition is the only book to give you a full account of equine joint disease, combining a thorough, up-to-date survey of scientific advances with a practical guide to both medical and surgical treatments. With contributions from nationally and internationally recognized pioneers in the field, this groundbreaking text offers an overview of joint structure and function and translates the latest information on basic joint pathobiology into practical application for the clinician. Step-by-step guidance on injection techniques and medications, along with a survey of practical arthroscopic surgery and developments, make it a truly indispensable reference for all equine veterinarians treating sports and racing horses.


  • UNIQUE! Unprecedented, state-of-the-art coverage of the pathology, pathogenesis, and clinical diagnosis of traumatic and degenerative joint disease, so you stay in the know.
  • Section on general principles of joint pathobiology provides the background to evaluate and interpret the diagnostic and surgical aspects of disease.
  • Explores treatments for traumatic arthritis and osteoarthritis and other joint entities, offering a broad range of options and up-to-date recommendations for problematic decisions.
  • Addresses recent advances and results in arthroscopic surgery for the acute injury and results including fragment removal, fragment fixation, and synovectomy.
  • Discussion of current research provides insight for difficult cases and calls out the directions in which future arthritis research is headed.
  • More than 325 photographs and line drawings help engage and guide you through procedures and treatments.
About The Author

C. Wayne McIlwraith

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Surgeons, Professor of Surgery, Director of Equine Sciences, Orthopedic Research Laboratory, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

David Frisbie

Christopher Kawcak

René van Weeren

Professor, Equine Services, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht, Netherlands

Table of Contents

Section I: General Principles of Joint Pathobiology
1. General Anatomy and Physiology of Joints
2. Biomechanics
3. Traumatic Arthritis and Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis
4. Pathologic Manifestations of Joint Disease
5. Osteochondritis Dissecans
6. Subchondral Cystic Lesions
7. Infective (septic) Arthritis
8. Effect of Loading/Exercise on Articular Tissues

Section II: General Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment
9. Principles of Diagnosis
10. Synovial fluid and serum biomarkers

Section III: Principles of Therapy of Traumatic Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
11. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
12. Intraarticular Corticosteroids
13. Hyaluronan
14. Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (Adequan®)
15. Potential Use of Pentosan Polysulfate for the Treatment of Equine Joint Disease
16. Biological Therapies
17. Stem Cells
18. Rehabilitation
19. Use of oral joint supplements in equine joint disease

Section IV: Specifics of Anatomy, Clinical Diagnosis, Imaging Diagnosis and Treatment by Region
20. Distal limb
21. Fetlock
22. Carpus
23. Elbow and Shoulder
24. Tarsus
25. Stifle
26. Hip

Section V: New Frontiers
27. Arthritis Research, Some Present and Future Direction in Joint Disease

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