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Alternative Care

Treat acute or chronic ailments more effectively.

At Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, our doctors provide equine alternative care services in Elkhorn, WI to treat acute or chronic ailments more effectively. Performance horses are especially prone to developing issues due to the repetitive movements they go through while training and performing. Furthermore, if your horse's current treatment is proving ineffective, we can try one of our alternative therapies for better results.

Alternative medicine we can provide for our equine patients includes:

  • Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT)
  • Laser Therapy

What can be treated

In addition to performance injuries, alternative medicine can be used for:

  • Arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Allergies
  • Musculoskeletal inflammation
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Reproductive disorders

Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy

VSMT is a drug-free, noninvasive approach to treating joint problems, particularly those associated with the spinal cord. Two of our veterinarians, Dr. Busalacchi and Dr. Bridges, are certified in VSMT and have in-depth experience working with horses and treating sports injuries.

VSMT involves checking the spinal column for poorly-functioning joints and administering rapid thrusts to those areas to improve movement. Joints in the spinal column that are partially dislocated or “stuck” cause stiffness which may also lead to pain, muscle loss, and lameness. With VSMT, we can correct any existing misalignments, thus preventing pain and lameness.

Equine Laser Therapy

Our Class IV therapy laser helps our equine patients heal from within. During treatment, the body's injured cells absorb the non-thermal photons produced by the laser, increasing their rate of metabolism. Results of this treatment include pain relief, accelerated healing, increased circulation, and reduced inflammation.


Equine Alternative Care