SI Injections

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SI Injections

Postby StraightForward » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:30 am

Had the vet out today and she talked me into an SI injection for Annabelle since she is palpating very sore in that area despite all the bodywork, methocarbamol, in-hand work, etc. etc. She did give me other options, but felt this would be a game changer to get us back to normal training much more quickly. It's scheduled for next Thursday, and I'm just wondering if anyone else has experience with this procedure?
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Re: SI Injections

Postby blob » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:25 am

I had SI injections done on a horse. It was a horse that had some mystery slight lameness. We did a ton of diagnostics and we couldn't find any real concrete reasoning. The vet suggested it might be an SI issue and so we went ahead and did the injections. In that particular case, I don't think SIs were actually the culprit, and dr. green ended up being the fix.

However, the procedure was well done by the vet, it was fast, and there were no side effects. It's something I would consider again.

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Re: SI Injections

Postby StraightForward » Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:41 pm

Thanks Blob! Was after care similar to hock injections?

She was cleared for turnout yesterday too, so I'm hoping just getting more movement will be a big help if the weather cooperates.
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Re: SI Injections

Postby blob » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:32 pm

Care was similar for the most part! It's through a big muscle group and therefore takes a BIG needle, so there might be more general soreness after the injection just from the needle aspect. But on the flip side, it's a "joint" that is protected by a lot of muscle unlike the hock, so there's more stability/buffer there

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Re: SI Injections

Postby Quelah » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:19 pm

Others may disagree but if you decide to do it, it's not something I'd have done in the barn. Like, you wouldn't let your GP inject your spine would you? To me that's an in clinic in stocks done by surgeon procedure.

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Re: SI Injections

Postby heddylamar » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:28 pm

Ditto Quelah's recommendation. It needs to happen in a sterile, safe setting.

Maia had a round of injections a few years ago after she wiped out (we presumed, based on mud streaks on her, and skid marks in the field) playing. No repeats, and no further problems. I hauled her to my vet's surgical clinic, where the practice's new sports medicine vet administered the injections. She was on limited movement for one or two days, then off work a few more days.

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Re: SI Injections

Postby lorilu » Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:01 am

I have had it done both at the clinic on one horse, and here in my barn last year and again this year for Bravo. Vet uses ultrasound to direct the needle after very thorough scrub down.
It makes a big difference for Bravo. When he is "due" his canter gets very wonky, especially to the right. I think the issue stems form an accident a few years ago - we think he hooked right hind shoe in the perimeter fence. He was really sore, had lots of body work, but until I had the injections he was always just a little NQR - nothing my trainer could see, but I could feel it.


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