Wednesday, February 02, 2011
ligament tears, luxating patellas, and other tendon and ligament injuries can
be very painful and debilitating.
Typical therapy consists of surgical options, anti-inflammatory
medications, and physical therapy.
There are also alternative, complementary, or holistic remedies such as
acupuncture, herbs, and prolotherapy.
is the use of mild injections into the insertion points of the tendons or
ligaments where they attach to bone.
Solutions used usually contain lidocaine, sterile water and a special
type of sugar. The combination
causes proliferation of the connective tissue—not quite scar tissue—that helps
to stabilize the injured, shaky joints.
Many animals with a good temperament can have this procedure done
without any sedation. Reactive
animals usually request mild sedation.
Generally a series of 3-6 of the procedures are done, 1-3 weeks
apart. Many animals walk out after
this procedure putting much more weight on the affected leg than they did when
they walked into the appointment.
Recovery time is minimal except for common sense moderation of exercise
immediately following the sessions.
this with 3-6 months of extremely restricted rest and physical therapy
following a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, or TPLO, which is considered the
standard veterinary medicine treatment of choice for cruciate ligament tears. This procedure cuts through the tibia
bone completely, to slightly rotate the bone and create a more stable platform
for the joint. The created
fracture is held together with a metal plate and screws. The old hardware was once prone to
inducing bone tumors, but the new improved hardware is considered safer. However, any time bone is cut through,
there is a lot of pain. This is
considered the best procedure, especially for very athletic dogs, but the
prolotherapy, herbs and acupuncture are viable alternative options for treatment.