Kinesiotaping Muscle Strain Case Study

An Appaloosa mare presented with severe lameness on the left hind. The lameness started about 6 weeks prior to my initial consultation, the owner believed she slipped on the ice in the pasture but hadn’t seen anything concerning. She had no history of lameness or other health issues. Upon examination I noticed that her entire leg was turned out and she was unable to bear full weight on the left hind limb. She could walk but was fairly unsteady and turning was very wide and sloppy looking. The owner reported that it was extremely difficult to trim her right hind hoof because of this injury. She had been seen by the veterinarian who referred her to me, thinking she might have had some soft tissue injury (sprain/strain) or other issues that chiropractic could help.

At the first visit she was adjusted and some muscle work was done to the left hind. Her internal thigh muscles were extremely tight and tender to very light touch, indicating muscle injury or strain. Kinesiotape was applied to begin the process of releasing muscle tension, reducing pain and inflammation, and realigning the injured areas. The owner was given extensive instructions to massage, use essential oils, and stretch daily (thankfully the owner was a human massage therapist!).

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Kinesiotaping stifle

Kinesiotaping stifle

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Second visit was one week later, and the horse had improved about 50% over the week. At her second visit she was adjusted again and Graston technique was applied to the hindquarters and (lightly) to the internal thigh/groin area. When she walked off after her treatment there was a 90% improvement from the first visit.