Mesotherapy in Horses

Mesotherapy has been used at Connecticut Equine Clinic in Coventry, Connecticut to treat horses with chronic back pain for over 14 years.

Mesotherapy is a treatment that stimulates the mesoderm, the middle layer of skin, which will, in turn, relieve a wide variety of symptoms and ailments. The technique was introduced into the United States by veterinarian, Dr. Jean Marie Denoix, for the equine patient at the Veterinary Thoracolumbar Spine Seminar, presented at Virginia Equine Imaging in the spring of 2002.

The principle of mesotherapy is based on the theory of the gait control of pain, which takes place in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Types I and II nerve fibers coming from the skin have collateral fibers that can inhibit the conduction of information in major nerve tracks, transmitting painful information from deep structures of the same spinal segment to the brain. Mesotherapy involves the injection of substances to stimulate the mesoderm for various biological purposes. Mesotherapy consists of injections on both sides of the spine into the middle layer of skin. Connecticut Equine Clinic will generally administer 3 rows of injections on each side of the horse’s spine. The mesotherapy injections involve extremely small needles that penetrate the intradermal layer of the skin to only a very small depth, which is typically 4 to 6 millimeters. These very small injections stimulate the mesoderm nerve fibers in these dermatomes. These nerve fibers when stimulated help block or inhibit signals that come from sensory nerves that detect pain. The goal of mesotherapy in horses is to stop the pain/muscle spasm cycle that is occurring along the back. Mesotherapy is helpful in treating several causes of chronic back and neck pain.

Prior to the recommendation of mesotherapy, it is extremely important For Connecticut Equine Clinic to thoroughly evaluate your horse’s condition. For instance, if your horse has chronically displayed a sore back or stiffness through his/her neck, extensive diagnostic studies may be necessary to accurately diagnose the area of concern prior to treatment. Diagnostic imaging may be essential prior to mesotherapy to eliminate the possibility that your horse’s symptoms may be associated with a neurologic disorder or arthritis, etc. After a complete physical examination, the horse is sedated (standing sedation) and the area to be treated is cleaned with a surgical prep. Next, a multi-injector is used to make continuous lines of intradermal injections horizontally along both sides of the region of concern. The procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

The number of treatments required for a horse with chronic back pain is dependent on several factors:

  • The overall condition
  • The cause of the horse’s back pain
  • The severity of the back pain
  • The persistence of the problem

For effective mesotherapy and the best equine veterinary care in the region, contact Connecticut Equine Clinic at (860) 742-1580, conveniently located in Coventry, Connecticut.