This presentation will review the diagnostic methods, focussing specially on ultrasonography and new ways of using ultrasound to diagnose tendon overstrain injuries. The second half of the talk discusses current rational therapeutic options for treating overstrain injuries, including the use of the ‘biologicals’ (PRP and stem cells).
Roger Smith is Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University (UK) in 1987, having obtained a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming. After 2 years in practice, he returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, he undertook a 3 year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon. He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment to Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is both a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. He currently divides his time equally between running a specialist orthopaedic service within the Royal Veterinary College and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, developing a serological assay for tendonitis, and stem cell therapy for tendons in both horses and humans. He is married to a medical doctor and has two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys the internal combustion engine in all its forms, in particular driving his Formula Vauxhall-Lotus single seater racing car.