Damascus Equine Associates

1941 Long Corner Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771

"Damascus Equine Associates offers a wide range of both ambulatory and in-clinic veterinary services in central Maryland.  We are dedicated to providing high quality comprehensive care, with the long term health and well being of your horse as our primary mission."

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Alternative Therapies

In addition to traditional sports medicine, Damascus Equine Associates offers a wide range of alternative therapies.  When used properly by a trained veterinarian, alternative therapies can aid in your horse’s return from an injury.  Currently, DEA offers acupuncture, chiropractics, mesotherapy and prolotherapy.


Dr. Lewis performing acupuncture on a horse with facial paralysis

Acupuncture is a treatment based on the Chinese theory that pain is caused by the blockage of energy flow, or Chi, in the body. Acupuncture comes for the Latin words acus (needle) and puncture (a pricking).  Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points to relieve the blockage and restore the normal flow of Chi.  Dr. Lewis is currently the only licensed acupuncturist within DEA.


Mesotherapy is used to stimulate the mesoderm (middle layer of the skin) and reduce muscle spasms and pain.  Small needles are used to inject various substances that stimulate sensory pain fibers within the mesoderm.


Prolotherapy uses a dextrose solution injection around tendons and ligaments.  Prolotherapy re-establishes the inflammatory process that aids in fiber repair.  The new fibers promote strength within the tendon or ligament.


Chiropractic is the manipulation of the horse’s spine which allow for adjustments that restore function and reduce pain to the spine and surrounding tissues.  Chiropractic is most commonly used to treat neck and back pain.