Fractured Radius Success Stories (and Aquapacer?) X-rays posted.
So if you read my post on off course you will see my boy was diagnosed today with a fractured radius. He received this last Tuesday from a kick. He was weight bearing and could walk on it but was obviously very sore and lame. A lot of swelling.
Last Wednesday (day after the kick) he was walking nearly normal and the swelling had gone done a fair bit.
Vet came that day and checked him over. Because my horse was walking so comfortably (seemed virtually sound) and had improved so dramatically from the day before, he felt that it was very likely just bruising and my horse should be good to go in about 5 days. He said to cold hose/bute for a few days with stall/small turnout then try riding him Tuesday of this week.
Hopped on him Tuesday. Knee was just a touch thicker than the other. Thought he felt SLIGHTLY funny at the walk, but he was being spooky and forward from the week off so I thought that's why he felt funny. One step of trot and he was horridly lame.
Vet came out this Wednesday and x-rayed. My horse has a fractured radius. His bone is dented from the impact fracture. Luckily the vet said it didn't appear from the x-rays to go too far through the bone, though there was one line that he said COULD be something deeper but he couldn't say for sure.
My horse is on at least 6 weeks of stall/limited turn out, when footing is good and he is not allowed to play around. The vet doesn't want him iced as he wants good circulation and a touch of inflammation to help it heal (he could explain this better than I can), so really our protocol is just rest. A friend mentioned that another friend of hers had a horse that had this that, after her research, wished she had done shock wave, so I may mention that to the vet.
The vet feels, as long as my horse doesn't have a big slip or be silly and injure something further, that my horse has an excellent prognosis and should return to work as normal after this has healed. I need to hear some success stories as well as what you did treatment wise. I already read IIIbars post about her horse, and her horse's initial injury sounded and looked much worse than mine judging by the xrays and that the horse was virtually non weight bearing. Any other stories?
Also I have been thinking about bringing him to a rehab center for a month after he's healed to try to help with conditioning. Aquapacer for 2 weeks then maybe just the hot walker (equisicer) or something like that (aquapacer might me too expensive for the whole month). I called and talked to the rehab place to see if I could afford it and I think I can pull that off. Gonna talk to the vet about it and have them work together if he thinks it a good plan. Have you guys used an aquapacer (water treadmill), and how were the results? Is hot walker time helpful to conditioning? I would kinda hope to be doing some riding (depends on when we do this) if that is something that's done. Never had any of my horses on a treadmill before.