Dr Ian Bidstrup
Horse health / Care
Treating spinal pain and dysfunction of horses has been an obsession of Dr Ian Bidstrup’s for the last 25 years of his veterinary career. Additional qualifications include a Masters Degree in Chiropractic Science and Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS).
Therapeutic approaches include Regenerative Injection Therapy (Neural Prolotherapy) for tissue strain. Particular interests include birth trauma, girth pain, kissing spines, stifle lock, sacro-iliac dysfunction and saddle related spinal pain. Between 2002 & 2009 Ian was one of the principal lecturers in Animal Chiropractic at RMIT University Graduate Diploma in Animal Chiropractic. Also from 2000 to present he has been one of the principal lecturers at the ASFA Saddle Fit Accreditation and Advanced Accreditation courses, and is the Editor of the course manuals. He is rated as a Master Saddle Fitter by ASFA, his specialty being saddle design and suitability. Ian is a Board Member of the Animal Biomechanical Professionals Australia, formerly known as the Australian Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Also a member of veterinary professional associations AVA, EVA, AVAG, and IVAS. Ian has presented a numerous veterinary conferences both here and in Europe.
Visit Dr Ian Bidstrup at the following sessions
Sacroiliac trouble is a subject shrouded in mystery in the horse world. Sacroiliac joint coupling pain and arthritis are very common causes of low back pain, performance problems, lameness and early retirement of horses.
Most often horses with sacroiliac trouble can be well managed with a combination of regenerative injection therapy, acupuncture, veterinary chiropractic, appropriate exercises and attention to other contributing factors such as upper thoracic spinal dysfunction, hoof care, leg injuries, dental problems and saddle suitability and fit.
Back, shoulder and hip strain of horses
Pain arising from muscle and fascia attachments to the bone of horses upper limbs and back is very common. Such strain is frequently a result of injuries to the horses spine or legs. Untreated it is often associated with recurring pain, muscle tension and a tendency for the horse to be more anxious/nervy, and also for stiffness and unevenness of gait. Short forelimb stride and tripping is common in the front end. Dragging the hind feet and rounding of toes is also common with lower back, hip and pelvic muscle attachment strain.