Hello and welcome to Dexter. So sweet, but a little shy.
This poor boy had elbow dysplasia. So he went for a much needed arthroscopy. The bad bits of elbow were removed.
Whilst this all sounds wonderful, as it often is. This is not a perfect surgery an sometimes they are seemingly worse after. It doesn't mean the surgery wasn't worth doing, as the long term damage caused by leaving the bad bits of elbow in, will be very panful in the future and can potentially mean the elbow is worse in the long run.
So as sad as it was to see Dexter more sore, it was likely it was the right thing to do. But they needed more help for him. So they have come for rehabillitation.
We have assesed his needs and set a program to maintain his range of movement, build the lost muscle bulk, and relieve discomfort.
We have a long road ahead, but we are pleased to say, Dexter is making good progress.
Well done Dexter and family!
Hello and welcome to Jess. Such a sweet dog and so so nervous. But its fine. We did her assessment in a kind way in our non clinical, homely environment, and she coped well.
She has been referred regarding elbow dysplasia. Such an aweful disease, it can be so painful and debilitating.
So we have set her up with a home regime so that mum can help manage the pain at home. We have given muscle building work that will help support the joints too.
Keep up the good work mum and Jess. We'll have you feeling better soon.
Hello and welcome to Elwood. Such a sweet kind natured man.
Sadly he has very sore elbows. He has has arthroscopy for his elbow dysplasia on both sides.
Elbow dysplaisa is a really nasty disease and can be so debilitating. We see alot of it.
We can help Elwood become and stay more comfortable, but it will never be fixed as the cartilage in the joint is so damaged.
But we have set Elwood and his family up with a new regime to keep him comfortable and allow him to build some muscle.
Keep up the good work mum and Elwood!
Hello and welcome to Buddy. Such a cutie border collie.
Buddy has a highly vigilant mum who noticed he was a little lame at his agility class. Taking no risks she got him assessed and referred for physio. On assessment there was very little sign of issue until the forelimb was supinated. This is a particular movement, and if it elicits discomfort it is highly likely there is elbow dysplasia.
So we referred back to the vet who has initated referral to a specialist. As a physio we can help with elbow dysplasia. But its a complex disease and if its possible for us to get a formal diagnosis following better diagnostic imaging methods, then this is ideal. Afterall, we dont want to cause further cartilage damage unnecessarily.
So we are maintaining Buddy with non impact muscle work so no muscle is lost, just whilst he await his referal appointment and we look forward to the official diagnosis. Sadly elbow dysplasia is very common so its highly likely this is the issue.
Good luck Buddy! Keep up the good work mum!.
Hello and welcome to Fern. Such a cute little collie. She really is a cuddle bum and a heart melter!
Sadly she managed to have an argument with a car. The driver was devastated as Fern didn't look where she was going and no one knew about the hole in the fence that she had found in a park.
The result was a dislocated elbow. It took time before it was relocated, but luckily for her, it was reduced without surgery, successfully.
So she came for physiotherapy to rehabilitate. We have to say, her recovery has been incredible! She has done so well by herself. But we can enhance this and give mum some confidence in her recovery. In the early stages the risk is that the joint is not yet stable and can pop out again. This has not happened so this is excellent news.
Her rehab encouraged good healing, range of movement and muscle building to support the joint. We are then slowly increasing the load in the joint and gentle stresses so that she can get back to her beloved agility. Mum is happy to do whatever keeps Fern happy, and agility does that so we are all keen to get her back where she is happiest.
Keep up the good work mum and Fern!
Hello and welcome to Barkly. Such a sweet staffie. They do know how to do cute soppy face!
This little licky one has elbow dysplasia. Such a common problem, and no one can deny, a hard one to fix. But we can most definitly help with comfort and optimising joint health. They don't always need surgery, but they will all benefit from complimentry care and tweeks to life that will reduce pain and increase range of movement in the joint amd inturn increase comfort and muscle.
We have done our treatment and set a new home regime that will help build strength in the limb and reduce pain.
Keep up the good work mum and Barkly!
Hello and welcome to Mowgli. Such a sweet rescue dog. Another that has found itself suffuring elbow dysplasia. Such a shockingly common disease these days. Although its most likely we are simply better at diagnosing it.
He was referred to a specialist who did an arthrscopy. He was very good. He felt there was some drastic surgery needed, but on further investigation only the arthoscopy was needed. It was also suggested an elbow replacement may be needed in the future.
Mowgli did really well and was pain free for a year. But he has now started to show lameness again.
Its always fully expected that following these interventions, arthritis will still creep in, but hopefully later than it would if the intervention was not done. On exam and discussion it seems like arthritis is not the likely cause of lameness yet.
So we have set Mowgli up with some muscle building and a more gentle home regime so we can regain more normal limb use. However, it is likely we need to all work as a team in this case, and so the specialist may need to look at the cartilage in the elbow again, as some more may have broken and so may also need removing. We shall see how his progression goes.
Good luck mum and Mowgli. Your doing a great job.
Hello and welcome to Mela. Such a sweetie. Sadly I forgot to take her photo!
She is a very young little cockerpoo and still growing into her body. But it has been noted that she is having some problems.
She has been seen by the referal specialist who noted atrophy of the fore limb, and elbow dysplasia. She also has a luxated patella.
So she has come for physiotherapy to help.
There is lots that can be done, but it does require hard work to get elbows comfortable and somtimes surgery is the only answer. It takes a team of people using all thier skills to get the best outcome.
So we have set Mela up with a home regime that will allow her to burn her energy, but not aggrivate the elbows further. She has some strengthening to do as we need to rebuild the lost muscle. We are focusing in the elbow at the moment and then will work on the patella in time but her pain level is our priority.
At Animal Physiotherapy ltd, we pride ourselves in staying in top of all the new information and studies being done on mobility and evidance based practice. Elbow dysplasia is an area where more information is regularly comming out and vets are trying hard to make elbow replacement more successful. We are certainly seeing elbow dysplasia diagnosed more frequently now. Its highly likley its not more common, but is better understood and therefore diagnosed faster. This is great news for our dogs as it means they can get the right treatment faster.
If you are suspitious of your dogs elbows then pop to your vets to get them checked out. Early detection and early treatment can mean less arthritis later on.
Keep up the good work Mela and mum
Hello and welcome to Morgan. Handsom labrador and so sweet and gentle.
He has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Most of his life this has not shown as an issue. But mum started to notice issues in the last 6 months. He was sent to a referal vet who also diagnosed laryngeal paralysis, making surgery too risky. He also noticed neurological deficits.
Morgan started hydrotherapy and also started stronger pain relief and has been sent to us for physio.
We have done our assessment and seen that it also looks like there are also some signs of elbow dysplaisa. Its little suprise as there is elbow dysplasia present in 70% of dogs diagnosed with hip dysplasia. We found poor proprioception in the hind and muscle loss.
We have set Morgan up with a home regime that encourages hind limb flexability and increases hind strength and proprioception. He did find this a challage so its enough work for this week. We also made the walk regime more managable.
We look forward to making a big difference. Keep up the good work mum and Morgan.
Hello and welcome to Yogi. This lovely labrador is so sweet. Sadly he has struggled over the years with dysplasia in both elbows and hips. He has generally coped well. But in the last few years he has started to struggle.
His lameness varies. One minute he can be sound and the next minute he can totally lame. It is always in his elbow. Its quite likely its actally a nerve being trapped or a piece of free cartilage moving around and getting compressed. This can be incredibly painful.
This is very hard to treat effectivly. So in this case we are working on the pain control in the situation. This can be managed with massage and thermotherapy. We also work to maintain the muscle in the limb so that it doesn't deteriorate when lame. Muscle deterioration will add to the pain.
Keep up the good work yogi and dad!