Neck, Back, and Pelvic Pain in Sport Horses

Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2018 Aug;34(2):235-251. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2018.04.002. Epub 2018 May 28.


Pain localized to the neck, back, and or pelvis can result in a profound effect on the horse's performance. These conditions can present with a varied and nonspecific set of clinical signs. A careful and thorough examination of these areas by means of physical examination, lameness evaluation both in hand and under saddle, diagnostic anesthesia, and the use of multiple imaging modalities in combination is often necessary to have an accurate prognosis. Medical and surgical management where appropriate of the conditions highlighted in this article are discussed as well as their individual prognosis.

Keywords: Back; Bursa; Cervical; DSP; Nuchal; Pelvis; Sacroiliac joint; Vertebrae.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Back Pain / diagnosis
  • Back Pain / veterinary*
  • Horse Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Horses
  • Lameness, Animal / diagnosis*
  • Neck Pain / diagnosis
  • Neck Pain / veterinary*
  • Pelvic Pain / diagnosis
  • Pelvic Pain / veterinary*