Injury: fractured dorsal spinous processes of upper thoracic vertebra (withers).
Presented with abnormal swelling around his wither, and having trouble moving his neck.
Date Diagnosed: 20th August 2016
Was then confined to a yard with feed and water raised to approximately chest height as he could not lower his neck at this point in time.
Rehab sessions with E.P.R.S were commenced on 25th of August and were completed weekly for 3 months.
Follow up x-rays were taken on the 14th of November, with the fractures almost completely remodelled and re-alignment of the dorsal spinous processes.
To date there have not been many documented cases with radiographic tracking of the remodelling process.
A case by Molnar. R et al, tracked the progress of remodelling in a QH gelding. This gelding was treated with phenylbutuzone for 3 weeks to control initial inflammation, then received no further treatment. He was kept confined, with feed and water raised to chest height while lameness and pain present. At the 3 month mark they had only just started to see signs of remodelling, and at 2 years saw full remodelling and re-alignment of the dorsal spinous processes.