A practical approach to the diagnosis and management of back and sacroiliac pain

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CPD Hours: 2 hours

Course Length: Two hours

Course Format: Recorded webinar with a copy of the webinar slides provided

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About this course

Are you correctly identifying horses with back and sacroiliac pain? Are you diagnosing it by exclusion or have you an objective and practical way of investigating it?

A certain degree of mystique and uncertainty surrounds many diagnoses of back and sacroiliac pain. This course will explore the anatomy, investigation and treatment of this multifactorial condition covering the back, sacroiliac and lumbosacral joints. We will focus on objective assessment, when to block, optimising your radiographs and how to ultrasound the back, lumbosacral and sacroiliac regions. The information will be highly practical and relevant to the equine practitioner.

Correct identification of pain emanating from the back and sacroiliac region is integral when deciding on the most appropriate treatment and consequently achieving the best outcome. Delegates will end the course feeling more confident in their diagnostic workup and, in particular in their imaging strategy using both radiography and ultrasound. The course is aimed at both recent graduates and more experienced practitioners who want to increase their confidence in handling this common presenting complaint.

The course will focus on ways to secure an accurate diagnosis, what we should do initially and during follow up assessments. Case examples will be presented to clarify the information.

This webinar was part of the Fundamentals of equine practice – lameness series that ran in 2019. the other webinars in this series are:

Tendon injuries – first line treatment to long term management
Shoeing for different conditions
Diagnosis and management of common foot conditions
Practical guide to the use and interpretation of nerve and joint blocks
Investigation of poor performance
The approach to the swollen joint
Equine laminitis

A convenient and flexible way to earn some CPD hours without leaving home is to select webinars to view from our extensive library of recorded webinars. They are great value for busy practitioners seeking quality CPD at a time of their choice. Participants will receive a handout (slides and/or notes) to support their viewing session and a CPD certificate.
Participants gain access to the webinar for two weeks which allows them to view it at their leisure and convenience as well as review aspects as needed to enhance their learning.

Members of the BVA Young Vets Network receive a 50% discount on our recorded webinars (subject to availability – ten discounted places available per webinar per year).


Andy Fiske-Jackson, BVSc MVetMed DipECVS FHEA MRCVS
Associate Professor of Equine Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College