Arlene White, PT M. Anim. St. (Physiotherapy), Instructor
Offered to: DVM, DC, DO & Animal Physiotherapists for ARI Certification.
Course Description — The purpose of this course is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the core concepts of physiotherapy assessment and treatment of the equine patient. The lessons include assessment and treatment techniques for the following: manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, range of motion testing, therapeutic exercise, and electro modalities used in equine rehabilitation. The skills learned in this course will allow graduates to bring benefit to horses, their owners.
Attendance Details: DVM, DO, DC, Animal Physiotherapists with sufficient equine anatomy & palpation skills. If you would like to review your anatomy you can opt to take part in the 3-6 day Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation Live Lab for PT, PTA, Veterinary Techs which includes a review of anatomy, biomechanics and gait assessment.
Introduction to physical rehabilitation assessment and treatment using evidence based medicine.
Introduction to manual therapy including mobilization of joints, soft tissue, and fascia.
Introduction and theory of the proprioceptive system & neuromotor control.
Introduction to therapeutic exercise
Use of modalities in equine rehabilitation including; ultrasound, laser, thermal agents, and
Discuss the unique features of a rehabilitation business including documentation and team
Course Description: The purpose of this 13 lecture series of courses is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of equine key concepts regarding the relationships between conformation, locomotion and performance, development of sport specific conditioning programs and detection of lameness, current regenerative therapies, musculoskeletal disorders and neurological disorders will be covered. A two part series on equine bone strength and mineral nutrition and equine aquatic therapy is also included. Lecturer’s included in this series are: Dr. Hilary Clayton, Dr. Melissa King, Dr. Anna Firshman, & Dr. Brian Nielsen. Race Approved for 10.25 ceu’s
Understand recent Veterinary treatment options available for orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries.
Understand the functions of the spine, front limbs, hind limbs and hooves in relation to equine performance.
Recognize and evaluate horses moving at the basic gaits (walk, trot, canter, gallop), recognize common abnormalities and lameness of these gaits and understand components of a lameness evaluation. Equine aquatic therapy parameters will be reviewed and support for using aquatic therapy as a rehabilitation tool will be presented.
Provide a fundamental review of clinical neuromuscular physiology and anatomy as they pertain to the horse.
Recognize commonly seen equine Neurologic and muscular diseases and their veterinary management especially as they relate to rehabilitation. Watch a video of neurologic examination techniques in a laboratory setting.
Become familiar with the terminology, techniques and current research in equine locomotion analysis. Limb kinematics and the interaction between the hoof and the ground, kinetic concepts of mass, weight, inertia, momentum and force, and more specifically the effects of ground reaction force. Describe temporal and linear kinematic variables together with limb coordination patterns that are commonly used by the horse. Mineral nutrition of the equine athlete and factors that influence bone strength are also covered.
- Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation (Online Lecture Series & Optional Live Lab)
- Equine Athletics - (Online Lecture Series)
- Functional Assessment - (Online Lecture Series & 4 Day Live Lab)
- Case Study Submission
You must pass all course exams & submit a case study for review
- Part 1. Introduction to Equine Rehabilitation begins with a review of confomation, biomechanics, and postural evaluation of the horse. Core concepts of neurology, locomotor biomechanics and gait assessment; including normal vs abnormal gait patterns will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the principals and theory behind equine physical rehabilitation. Objective Assessment techniques will be introduced for soft tissue, pain response, and joint range of motion during the live lab. Treatment techniques will be introduced to retrain proprioception and neuromotor control along with progression of therapeutic exercise and conditioning, and the use of therapeutic modalities: (ice/heat, compression garments, electromagnetics, laser/LED, therapeutic ultrasound, electromodalities TENS, FES, NMES). Documenting objective outcomes and measures during your treatment, team communication & business aspects of starting an equine rehabilitation business will all be discussed. After completing the online course work students have the option of attending the 6 day live lab practical (see course calendar for dates & locations)
- Part 2. Equine Athletics is a series of 14 online lectures from the experts in their field. Dr. Hilary Clayton offers a 3 part lecture on locomotor biomechanics. Dr. Melissa King lectures on equine aquatic therapy, regenerative medicine, and muscluoskeletal lameness. Dr. Anna Firshman presents 2- two part lectures the first one on equine neurological disease and the second one on equine muscle disease. Dr. Brian Nielsen talks include a 2 part lecture on equine bone strength and one lecture on mineral nutrition of the equine athlete. Short 5 question examinations are located at the end of each lecture 80% passing grade is required for this online module.
- Part 3. Functional Assessment is a series of >>> online lectures providing participants with a fundamental understanding of the practice of equine sports medicine including assessment and treatment, rehabilitation performance enhancement, and incorporating a professional team approach. Principals of neuromotor control and dynamic stability will be introduced in conjunction with the participant developing the necessary knowledge and skills to perform a functional patient evaluation of the equine orthopedic, neurological and myofascial systems. Manual therapy techniques used in equine assessment and treatment will be introduced. This course will assist the development of clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice such that graduates have the necessary skills to aide healing, encourage injury prevention and sports specific performance enhancement. Static and dynamic assessments will be performed with and without a rider. After completing the online course work and exams, students will attend the 4 day live lab session (see course calendar for dates & locations).
- Case Study Submission - Students will upload a case study for review
Live Labs may be offered in one of 3 locations ARI - Palm Beach County FL, Europe, and Colorado