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Principal Investigator: Lisa Fortier

Department of Clinical Sciences
Email:; Phone: 607-253-3497
Sponsor: Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research
Grant Number: N/A
Title: Does Intra-articular Stifle Anesthesia Alleviate Lower Limb Lameness?
Project Amount: $43,032
Project Period: 01/01/17-12/31/17

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective of this clinical research study is to determine if administration of intra-articular anesthesia into the stifle joint alleviates lower limb lameness. Lameness examinations with diagnostic analgesia (nerve and joint blocks) are routine in equine practice. Intra-articular anesthesia (joint blocks) are commonly used to localize the source of pain to structures within, or immediately surrounding the desensitized joint. It is our clinical observation that blocking a stifle joint can paradoxically alleviate lower limb lameness. This has not been previously reported, and the effects of stifle blocks are presently considered specific to stifle-related lameness.