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Tendon injuries

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    This article has been edited and approved by Karen Coumbe MRCVS, H&H’s veterinary advisor since 1991.
  • Tendon injuries in horses can signal the end of an equine’s athletic career, although there are many horses that successfully return to riding, and competition, albeit sometimes at a lower level, after appropriate treatment and a significant recovery period.

    Tendon injuries : Causes | Signs | Diagnosis | Treatment | Prognosis

    In order to understand why and how these injuries occur, it is helpful to be familiar with the structures involved.

    Tendons are the straps of connective tissues that attach a muscle to other body parts, usually bones. They transfer the force of muscle contraction to the bones enabling movement; the tendon is firmly connected to muscle fibres at one end and to components of the bone at the other end.

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