A review of tendon injury: Why is the equine superficial digital flexor tendon most at risk?
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2010
© 2009 EVJ Ltd
Equine Veterinary Journal
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 174–180, March 2010
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THORPE, C. T., CLEGG, P. D. and BIRCH, H. L. (2010), A review of tendon injury: Why is the equine superficial digital flexor tendon most at risk?. Equine Veterinary Journal, 42: 174–180. doi: 10.2746/042516409X480395
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2010
- [Paper received for publication 05.08.09; Accepted 17.10.09]
Tendon injury is one of the most common causes of wastage in the performance horse; the majority of tendon injuries occur to the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) whereas few occur to the common digital extensor tendon. This review outlines the epidemiology and aetiology of equine tendon injury, reviews the different functions of the tendons in the equine forelimb and suggests possible reasons for the high rate of failure of the SDFT. An understanding of the mechanisms leading to matrix degeneration and subsequent tendon gross failure is the key to developing appropriate treatment and preventative measures.