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Jörg Auer

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Jörg Auer

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Patient prognosis

1. Prognosis

A return to an athletic career with nonsurgical management is not possible – it is a salvage procedure. Osseous union of the fracture is questionable. A fibrous union can be expected.

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The image shows a horse that was managed for 8 months conservatively following a fracture of the body of the scapula. Severe atrophy of the supra- and infraspinatus muscles developed as a result of trauma to the suprascapular nerve. The spine is prominently visible.

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Video of the same horse walking straight.

Video of the same horse walking in circle. Please note the different activities of the shoulder muscles when the horse is walked in a circle on both sides.

Some gait deficit has to be expected.