New technology aids flexion test assessment

| May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Flexion testing using the sensor-based system at the University of Glasgow's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Flexion testing using the sensor-based system at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Equine lameness can now be objectively measured using a wireless system of sensors,  researchers report.

For many years, opinions on the value of flexion tests in assessing equine lameness have been divided, but now new research looks set to turn what has always been regarded as a subjective process into a wholly objective one.

The comprehensive study, recently published in the Equine Veterinary Journal in partnership with the American Association of Equine Practitioners, has shown that a wireless, inertial sensor-based system can effectively measure the horse’s response to a flexion test.

Flexion tests are used routinely in horses with subtle or imperceptible lameness, to exacerbate the problem and make it apparent to the observer.

The test involves applying a short period of pressure to the joints of the limb before re-examination, and evaluating any change in gait.

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