Studies of the Movement of the Equine Pelvis: Sacroiliac kinematics

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  • Published: 19 Aug 2010

  • Author(s): McGowan, Catherine, Dr, Lesley Goff, Dr Thomas McGowan, Dr Jan Jaseiwicz, Peter Condie , Prof. Leo Jeffcott

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This RIRDC publication examines equine sacroiliac joint injury/dysfunction (SID), which is a common reason for wastage in the racing and performance horse industries causing poor performance, abnormalities of hind limb gait and lameness. However, diagnosis of dysfunction of the equine sacroiliac region has been difficult.
Use of a kinematic approach to SID, borrowing from the human kinematic model, has advanced the knowledge of the equine SIJ, its function and the role of the pelvic musculature in both health and disease. Ultrasonography of the Dorsal sacroiliac ligament (DSIL) is a valuable non-invasive tool that will help detect SID in horses.