Welcome to Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Hello and welcome to Charlie. This is a very sweet dog, but also, such a challange!

Charlie is very nervous, but totally handlable. But it does make the excercises a challange.

There was very little to find in Charlie. The vet also has not found the reason for the lameness, so we are working together on our hunt for an answer. There is a suspition that its neuroligical.

So we have set Charlie up with a very gentle home regime that will encourage good movement and gentle muscle building, and continue our investigations.

Keep up the good work mum and Charlie!

Welcome to Arrow

Arrow

ARROW

Hello and welcome to Arrow. This beautiful Springer has the vets on thier toes!

He has been lame and the vet found a possible corn and some myofascial pain. So he has been referred to help with the pain and lameness.

He has got some very science headed owners so this has been a very fun case, and his diary has been immacualte! Its been like treating a scientific study case. Wonderful!

We localized some issues, reduced the excercise right down and set up a new excercise plan. His lameess has improved immensily and we are slowly rebuilding the plan at a pace that suits him.

Well done Arrow and whole family! Keep up the good work!

Welcome to Khioni

Khioni

Khioni

Hello and welcome to Khioni. This is a very sweet dog that had a mild, but noticable lameness in the fore limb.

These amazing owners were determind to fix the problem. So they had all the tests under the sun, at one of the top referral centres....

Sadly, no diagnosis found. So she opted for physio.

We did our investigation and didnt find alot either, but we did still have a game plan, as the lameness was only seen during trot and no other gait.

We also know pain can be very complicated sometimes and so there may no longer be an actual stimulus for pain, but a memory of pain.

We did massage as the main treatment and started some strengthening excercises to ensure the strength was good, and slowly increased the excercise. Its going to be a journey.

Keep up the good work mum, dad and Khioni.

Welcome to Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Hello and welcome to Charlie. A dear little thing. He has been through the works as he ruptured both his cruciate ligaments in the past. But both have healed seemingly well and he was back to full normal life.

But more rescently he has shown lameness. This is potentially quite a complicated case. On exam we saw he had muscle wastage which suggests the issue has been there for some time. But he was also severly licking a patch of skin. This had rendeed this very sore, weepy and uncomfortable. This was on the same limb. This rang some mild alarm bells so mum was sent back to vet to get this treated. Sometimes a secondary issue can make the pain of the first seem so much worse.

So the skin was seen and treated and this improved immensily, so we could now concentrate on the limb. We know that cruciate rupture increases the liklihood of arthritis. A study showed us that in a joint with full rupture, the signs of arthritis can be seen within just 3 days! With odds like that it is easy to see how important fast stabalisation of the joint is.

So there is a strong chance we are working with another arthritis case here. Its important we treat every case individually as no case is ever the same.

We have done treatments and set mum up with a home regime. He is making good progress.

Keep up the good work mum and Charlie!

Welcome to Reggie

Reggie

Reggie

Hello and welcome to Reggie. Such a sweet dog, though a little on edge.

His mum noticed he has been lame in a forelimb. It was always intermittent but it needed investigating. The vet saw him and couldn't find anything. So, as a drug free option for investigation, he was referred to us to see what we can find.

This option often works out really well as we specalise in mobility issues. But sometimes we also don't have x-ray eyes. We set Reggie on a new excercise regime to help see if we could stop the lameness, but as it was intermittent, no lameness was seen for a while, but we couldn't be sure if that was our regime or the pattern for the issue.

There were many possibilities, including corns. This breed are susceptible to corns and they can cause odd lameness patterns, but until visable, we can't easily identify them. This possibility remains on the table.

The lameness is seemingly reducing in frequency but possibly increasing in severity when it does come on.

So we need more investigation. Mum knows x-rays are an option but is worried about the anaesthetic. So we have suggested she look into thermal imaging. This is done conscious with high sensitivity cameras and a report is given from a vet. It may still not reveal an answer but its a safe investigation.

Keep up the good work mum and team. We'll get the answers soon!

Welcome to Mabel

Mable

Mable

Hello and welcome to Mable. She is so so sweet and so so loved. Her dad noticed a lameness and wanted to ensure she had the best care, so instantly found us for physiotherapy.

The lameness was really very subtle and quite honestly on arrival to us, it wasnt noticable.

But thats ok. Any lameness of only 5 % or less is undetectable to the human eye, add that to a happy dog excited to be somewhere new, and it becomes even harder for low level lamemess. Thats fine though as our hands are our most important tool in ailment detection. Lameness is a complex subject.

On exam we found a few small issues going on, although not directly associated with the limb in question. This creates a great challange and we love pushing our minds to explore the body as a whole. The issues we found in the hinds can cause weight distribution changes and these can look like lameness and cause some lameness as the body starts to be used differently.

So we did our massages and stretches and sent her and dad off with a home regime. We are pleased to report that dad was instantly impressed and the lameness was not visable the following day. She has continued to be better since the home regime kicked in. Mable is in incredible condition, especially for her age. A wonderfully vigilant owner has a big part to play in that. He already had an excercise regime that included multiple walks in a day, and its a wonderful shout out to all employers who let people take thier dogs to work!

Keep up the good work dad and Mable!

Welcome to Islay

Islay

Islay

Hello and welcome to Islay. Beautiful little labrador. She has enjoyed life to the full and has been a working dog.

She came to see us as she was lame after having a mamory tumor removed. She has had a long history of mamory tumors so this needed to happen.

On exam we found she had quite a painful back and there was a lump under her left armpit. This was a the lame limb. But actually her joints were in incredibly good condition and her flexibilty was good.

We set her up with a home excercise regime to get her gently reusing the body. She very much appreciated her back massage. We will see her again next week and see how she has progressed.

Keep up the good work mum, dad and Islay.

Welcome to George

George

George

Hello and welcome to George. A beutiful and very loved shit-zu cross.

He has been referred to us because he has been lame in his forelimb and the vets were unsure as to why.

So we had a big chat and did our assessmemt. We actually found very little wrong in the exam. Some mild crepitis showed there was a problem in the wrists, but it didnt seem highly painful.

On chatting we discovered he actually walk for hours and hours 4 times a day. He is also over weight. His amazing mum is 81yrs young and deteremind to get out and about. She loves her dog and treats regularly.

But it was clear that as most of us age we reduce our excercise, but George had not. So we set him a new home regime. It required less walk time, but still the frequency. Mum can still take him out but perhaps relax on a park bench for a while. And of course, he needs a diet.

We also gave a weightshift excercise as there was a mild reduction in muscle bulk on the lame leg.

We are pleased to say that the new regime has worked a treat. He has not been lame since. Both mum and George are happy. He still has to loose some weight but for now, its excellent news that we are on the right track.

Its tough when dogs get older and we often dont realise thier life needs adapting to thier new needs rather than our own. But remember: Dogs age almost thier whole life in approximately 10 of our years. We dont change much in 10 years, but none of us are doing the same when we are 20 as when we are 70yrs....

Keep up the good work mum and George.

Welcome to Delilah

Delilah

Delilah

Hello and welcome to Delilah. Lovely bulldog. He started showing lameness. Mum wanted it investigated but wanted to avoid anaesthetics if it was not needed. So he has come for physiotherapy.

We have done our assessment and found a few issues. He has upright hocks, which can suggest hip pain, but there was no other evidence of hip pain. The issue was in the left fore. But there was also little to find here other than some mild crepitus in the shoulder and some muscle loss.

So we set a home regime of muscle building to balance the shoulders, and passive range of movememt in the effected joints. We also edited the walk regime to make it easier on him whilst he is recovering.

Mum has been very good at looking after him, so keep up the good work mum, and get well soon delilah!

Welcome to Delilah

Delilah

Delilah

Hello and welcome to Delilah. Lovely bulldog. He started showing lameness. Mum wanted it investigated but wanted to avoid anaesthetics if it was not needed. So he has come for physiotherapy.

We have done our assessment and found a few issues. He has upright hocks, which can suggest hip pain, but there was no other evidence of hip pain. The issue was in the left fore. But there was also little to find here other than some mild crepitus in the shoulder and some muscle loss.

So we set a home regime of muscle building to balance the shoulders, and passive range of movememt in the effected joints. We also edited the walk regime to make it easier on him whilst he is recovering.

Mum has been very good at looking after him, so keep up the good work mum, and get well soon delilah!