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 Louie

Louie

Louie

Hello and welcome to Louie. Such a sweet cavalier king charles spaniel.

He was seeming off balance and his mobility was getting worse. He was referred to fitzpatric and diagnosed with degenerative myleopathy. This was confirmed with genetic testing which came back positive.

Sadly it means this illness will never be cured. Its very sad. But it can be managed. So he has been referred for physio.

Following assessment we found he still had a good amount of muscle. Its important we try to maintain the muscle and keep the nerves healthy by challanging them. The trick with this disease is to not allow the muscles to go to fatigue so its vitally important the home regime is optimised to allow Louie great quality of life, good challanges to keep his muscles and nerves healthy, but not too much that his limbs get tired.

We have set louie up with a home regime and he is doing well. We can stop the disease progressing as fast as it would without physiotherapy which is excellent news.

Keep up the good work mum and Louie.

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!

Welcome to Boo

Boo

Boo

Hello and welcome to Boo. Oh such a cute jack russel with such lovely parents.

He has had a happy life. Then he suddenly became very ill and vestibular syndrom was diagnosed. This is a nasty illness with unknown causes. It effects the inner ear. It makes the dogs eye track side to side (nystagmus), causes a severe head tilt, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Some dogs can be so severe that they roll over and over. Luckily it was not quite so bad for Boo, but it was bad enough. His recovery was quite quick thankfully. And whilst most of the symptoms have resolved, he has been left with an aweful head tilt.

Dogs are incredible and able to cope and get used to life on the wonk. But its not nice for thier muscles. The body does compensate, but there is over use of the leg you lean on to and the balance is a struggle.

So physio can help. We have done our assessment and set a home excercise regime. This includes home massage and a series of excercises designed to promote balance. Luckily for him, his mum is a massage therapist. Lucky boy. We are also pleased to report, this os one of the few dogs I get to see at his age with no arthritis signs. Amazing!

Keep up the good work mum, dad and Boo. We'll have you feeling better soon!

Welcome to Rosie

Hello and welcome to Rosie. She is such a dear little dog and well loved.

Sadly she has become sore and lame over the past few months. Her mum remembers the first occurance like it was yesterday! She ran after a rabbit amd that was that.

She recovered very fast though which was wonderful, but alas, the lamness came back regularly. The vet noticed the muscle atrophy and felt it was a mild cruciate disease.

So she has now come for physiotherapy. The criciate ligament has not ruptured fully and she is a small dog so she is more likely to be ok without surgery. Age is not on her side either, so although she could cope, it may not be the best option for her. So we are all trying the less invasive options first.

We have done her assessment and treatment and set her up with a home excercise regime. This does include some weightloss.

Mum is fully on board and we are likely to use ultrasound soon and get hydrotherapy involved in the multimodal approach to healing this patient.

Keep up the good work mum and Rosie. You can do it!

Welcome to Skipper

Hello and welcome to Skipper. He is such a sweetheart. 

This beautiful Springer is a well loved boy. His mum noticed him "clicking". We have all heard clicking in ourselves and others, but for skipper it seemed to get worse and there seemed to be some consistencies. So mum wanted to be sure there was nothing wrong. So she took him to the vet who did some x-rays and investigation. They found nothing wrong. So they suggested physiotherapy. 

So mum has now brought Skipper to us. He was a very good boy, though a little nervous. This was fine as we put him at ease. We did hear the "click" a few times. We also found some muscle imbalance and his abdominal muscles we not as strong as his limb muscles in comparison. We were unable to identify the source of the click at this time. But its clearly not painful.  The muscle imbalance in the limb was likely due to a minor injury and a lump removal done a few months previously. This does show the importance of physio in all minor injuries and minor surgeries, as this dog has healed very well, but was clearly not fully trusting that limb for quite some time. 

We are addressing all of this. But the main aim is to work on the core muscles to get some more strength and support in the back. Mum will also do a "click" diary to see if there is anymore clues in the patterns of the clicks.

Keep up the good work mum and Skipper. You're both doing great. Enjoy the excercises. They are fun! 

Skipper

Skipper

Welcome to Poppy

Hello and welcome to Poppy. 

Poor little cockerpoo. She is only 8 months old and already had a nasty accident. She is a super lucky girl! Hit at 50mph and just had her fractured pelvis! But it was a nasty fracture in 3 pieces, and took fitzpatrick referrals to fix it. 

They have done a great job and she is recovering really well and walking like nothing ever happened. 

But she lost alot of muscle through the earley stages and the vets also discovered she had a luxating patella also causing her problems.

So she has now come for physiotherapy to help rehabilitate all the issues. She is doing great so muscle building is the main aim. We have set her up with a home regime and hope the luxation frequency will gradually reduce. 

Keep up the good work mum and Poppy.

Welcome to Jake

Hello and welcome to jake. 

This hansome cockerspaniel was rescently diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis. 

Both owner and vet agree conservative managment is ideal in this case and not surgery. 

So he has come for physio. He had already responded well to the accupuncture which relieved the pain. Having done our assessment, we have set him up with a home regime. This includes a little weight loss, muscle building, some adjustments to his home life and some stretches. 

We are confident he will feel better soon. Once we get his hips doing a more comfortable level of healthy excercise, and we get some muscle built up, this will support the hips further and keep him comfortable and slow the progression of the arthritis. 

Good luck mum and Jake, you're going to be fine, fit and healthy.