In vitro evaluation of nonrigid support systems for the equine metacarpophalangeal joint

R K W Smith, M P McGuigan, J T Hyde, A S G Daly, C H Pardoe, A N Lock, A M Wilson

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Abstract

Metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint extension is primarily resisted by the digital flexor tendons and suspensory ligament. A variety of external support techniques are used to protect these supporting structures from or after injury by resisting MCP joint extension, although not all are effective and/or practical for. use in an exercising horse. In this study, 7 forelimbs were loaded in vitro to determine the effect of a simple gamgee bandage, a 3-layered bandage with and without a contoured palmar splint, a neoprene exercise boot, and an innovative carbon fibre composite exercise boot (Dalmar tendon support boot). There was no significant resistance to MCP joint extension by the gamgee or neoprene exercise boot. The 3-layered bandage had a significant (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-731
Number of pages6
JournalEquine Veterinary Journal
Volume34
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Smith, R. K. W., McGuigan, M. P., Hyde, J. T., Daly, A. S. G., Pardoe, C. H., Lock, A. N., & Wilson, A. M. (2002). In vitro evaluation of nonrigid support systems for the equine metacarpophalangeal joint. Equine Veterinary Journal, 34(7), 726-731.