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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 1999 Apr;15(1):1-12, v.

Back problems. Historical perspective and clinical indications.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge Veterinary School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.


This article is presented as an introduction to the complex subject of back pain and its management in horses. It considers some of the historical perspectives and deals with some of the limiting factors when attempting to evaluate back pain. The clinical indications of a back problem are considered, as is the important distinction of primary versus secondary back pain. Finally, a list of considerations capable of causing back pain and impaired performance is included.

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