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Julia Hewitson has two separate treatment practices – for human and for small animal patients at her premises in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal. Equine patients - racehorses and all other equine disciplines for horses and ponies – are usually treated at stable yards.

She also does hospital visits for in-patients at equine and small animal hospitals, followed up by treatments at stable yards and at the practice for small animals. When required, home visits for immobile human or animal patients are arranged.

 
 
Small animals – dogs, cats, monkeys, birds Large animals – horses, donkeys, cows, etc
Soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) conditions – acute strains & repetitive strains, sprains, tendonitis, instability, bursitis, weakness, atrophy, muscle spasm or scar tissue, swelling, haematomas Soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) conditions - strains, sprains, tendonitis, instability, bursitis, weakness, atrophy, muscle spasm or scar tissue, swelling, haematomas
Skeletal conditions – disc or spinal problems; fractures (including surgically repaired), post-surgical hip excisions (arthroplasty), limb amputations, cruciate repair and surgically fused joints (arthrodesis); acute or chronic degenerative joint disease eg hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and osteoarthritis Skeletal conditions – spinal problems (stiff or sore necks and backs), musculo-skeletal trauma, acute or chronic degenerative joint disease resulting in gait irregularities, performance problems
Neurological conditions – haemorrhages leading to spinal strokes (FCE); peripheral nerve damage; disc extrusions; spinal cysts; head trauma leading to hemiplegia; chronic degenerative radiculomylopathy; paralysis due to other causes Limited application
Peripheral nerve injuries, nerve entrapment/neural tethering
 
Performance problems in equine and canine athletes Performance problems in equine and canine athletes
Respiratory conditions – bacterial, viral, aspiration pneumonias Not applicable
Weight loss management Not applicable
Wounds – car accidents, post-surgical, cuts, dog bites, etc Wounds –post-surgical, cuts, etc
Not applicable Rider/horse unit problems: poor core stability of either rider and/or horse; pelvic asymmetry & back pain of rider and/or horse; asymmetrical action in horse; saddle influence


In summary:

  • Acute inflammation

  • Chronic injuries

  • Pre and post surgery

  • Wounds

  • Performance problems

  • General well-being

  • Muscle damage

  • Spinal (back and neck) problems

  • Nerve injuries

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Secondary and compensatory problems

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Sports-related injuries
     

 
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