DAN: “My horse has been
diagnosed pain and arthritis of the SI joints. She’s starting him on Equioxx. Just curious if
taping the joints would actually
provide any relief. Does taping work for pain,
or is it total nonsense?” Good question, Dana. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yes, she
gets right to the heart. I didn’t feel comfortable
answering this, so I asked our good friend and
consultant, Dr. Andy Kaneps. DAN: Ah, Andy. DR LYDIA GRAY: And he signed the
email when he got back to me. Andy Kaneps, DVM,
and I’m like, oh no. So he has a PhD. He’s a diplomat of the American
College of Veterinary Surgeons. And he’s a new diplomat
at the American College of Veterinary Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation. So see why I asked
him this question. OK. DAN: He’s also a
friend of Ask the Vet. We’ve done a couple
episodes with him. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. DAN: So he’s got
some great resources. DR LYDIA GRAY: I wanted to
make sure that everybody’s on the same page. So she asked about SI. So that’s sacro iliac. So that’s the joint
in the pelvis, like behind the
back and the hips. And then there’s
something else she said. I want to make sure that we– DAN: She started him on Equioxx. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, Equioxx. DAN: Yeah. DR LYDIA GRAY: So
that’s a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. It’s firocoxib. And it came out first
in dogs as Previcox. DAN: Yes. DR LYDIA GRAY: And
then they released it as– they relabeled it
as Equioxx in horses. And I talked to a tech
services vet from that company, and they pronounce
it “Ee-quioxx”– DAN: Oh. DR LYDIA GRAY: –like equine. So I’m like– DAN: “Ee-quioxx.” DR LYDIA GRAY: Maybe– DAN: That makes more sense. DR LYDIA GRAY: It does kind of. But it sounds–
Equioxx sounds better. Anyway, this is what
Dr. Kaneps said. “Kinesiotaping was
introduced for treatment of people in 1979.” DAN: OK. DR LYDIA GRAY: I
didn’t realize that. “In the last few years,
taping techniques and equine-specific tapes
have been introduced.” Have you seen them? DAN: I have seen them. DR LYDIA GRAY:
“Kinesiotaping is thought to act on skin fascia which
is the connective tissue around muscles,
muscles themselves, joints, and the
lymphatic system. It can be used to activate
or inhibit muscle activity depending on how much stretch
is applied during application.” Have you seen them put on? DAN: I have not
seen them put on. When I went to the NRHA Derby
a few years ago for SmartPak, it seemed to be a lot of
people were doing the taping. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah, you
should try to watch a session. It’s pretty cool. “Tape application
is also thought to stimulate pain
receptors, possibly reducing the sensation of pain. There are few–
unfortunately, there are few research
studies that objectively evaluate the effects
of taping in horses.” Wah-wah. DAN: Nope. DR LYDIA GRAY: “In a study
conducted in Austria, the effects of taping on
horse muscle was evaluated. No differences–” DAN: Ah. DR LYDIA GRAY: “–in muscle
activity or limb motion were found when taped and untaped–”
so treatment and control– “were evaluated. The researchers
were well-trained in the use of kinesio taping
in both humans and horses. So they’re very adept
at the techniques.” And we can put that study
up on the screen too so people can read
it themselves. So “researchers
have not reported on the effects of kinesio
taping for controlling pain in horses.” DAN: OK. DR LYDIA GRAY: This study
was, does it affect movement? DAN: Yes. DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. “There are other
methods–” that’s the good news– “of treating
sacroiliac discomfort. So non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs such as what she started– good choice for treatment. Another method is to
inject the SI joints with anti-inflammatory
medication. Pain in the SI
region may also be reduced with laser therapy
or shockwave therapy. Improving core strength
and flexibility with specific exercises–” DAN: Seems to be the
answer for everything. DR LYDIA GRAY: Wonder
whose book that would be, Dr. Hillary Clayton– “are also valuable for
treating and preventing SI and back soreness.” DAN: Interesting. OK, so she sounds like
she’s off to a great start with the Equioxx. Sounds like she’s probably
working with her vet if she has– DR LYDIA GRAY: It does, Yeah. DAN: –that prescription. DR LYDIA GRAY: Because
it’s a prescription, right. DAN: Yes. So after that, taping
it doesn’t sound like– DR LYDIA GRAY: Well, just
because one study from Austria says that that one study could
not find difference between– in movement between
taped and taped does not mean it doesn’t work. It just means there
needs to be more studies. And he specifically
pointed out there’s not been a study to date on
its influence on pain. DAN: So it could almost go
back to your earlier point where you kind of– you
have to read your horse. And if it’s something you
do and your horse seems to be improving by it– DR LYDIA GRAY: If your
horse likes it, do it. DAN: –maybe it’s something
you keep on doing. DR LYDIA GRAY: There’s
a lot of therapies that I do on my horse
that have no proof. But he likes it. So I do it. DAN: I feel like he’s your
own little research study. DR LYDIA GRAY: He is. He is. Yeah. Yeah. DAN: Awesome. Well, Dana, if you
do try the taping, let us know how it works
out for you and your horse. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah,
send us a picture. That’s pretty cool
looking stuff. DAN: Yeah. Absolutely. DR LYDIA GRAY: Some horse–
and the tape is very bright. Bright yellow, bright
blue, bright pink. DAN: Well, you have
to make it fun. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. So yeah, send us a picture.

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