Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Doctor of Medical Science Program


Dr. Thomas Colletti, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C




Increase the acceptance and scripting of the ICD Code Y93.52 to individuals with Mental and Physical Disorders to participate in Equine Riding Therapy (ERT) as a form of adjunct therapy and improved mental, social and physical functions benefited through their participation using equines.

Data Sources/Study Setting

Secondary data from multiple research articles discussing the use of ERT and the benefits gained through participation to support ICD Code Y93.52 to implemented by more practitioners as a common, accepted form of therapy

Study Design

Applying research from multiple data sources. The research will be collected, combining the information and constructing a formalized view as to how equines can assist participants while proving the benefits warranting an ICD code specific to their use.

Data Collection/Extraction Methods

Multiple data sources were merged, and data compiled demonstrating the use of equines as therapy. Showing the populations and specific benefits gained through this unique modality of using equines as an adjunct therapy to modern medicine.

Principal findings

There are some states beginning implementation of ICD codes with specific areas of focus while using equines as their therapy method. More research needs to be completed, but most studies show clearly the positive influences of ERT.


There is a large segment of individuals with mental and physical disorders who have unmet therapy needs. With ERT, a special and unique personal therapy, there is huge potential to reach larger groups who may benefit from improved social and physical skills. Insurance billing with available ICD codes would allow monetary support for individuals who might not have otherwise been able to part take in this therapeutic endeavor.


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