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Archie with IVDD and a Ruptured Disc

Meet sweet Archie. He is a senior dachshund that lost the use of his back legs thanks to a disc injury for the second time this past winter. The first time this occurred was one year ago, and with cage rest and medication, Archie was able to re-gain function in his back end. We suspect the first injury was a disc bulge secondary to IVDD. This year when it happened, his mom was worried because it appeared much worse and was likely a ruptured disc as opposed to just a bulging one. It was worse than last time and she didn’t see much change with just medication. She contacted us right away and decided to do chiropractic with him.
At his first visit Archie had only a mild deep pain response in his back legs and had no movement at all. His muscle tone was like jello, he had no bowel and bladder control, and his back was incredibly hunched up. His mom had to bring Archie in using a laundry basket. It was heartbreaking to watch, especially as this little guy did everything he could to try and get around. He wasn’t showing any signs of pain, just confusion as to why he couldn’t move!
Archie was patient as was his mom. She followed our instructions to a T, she used all the tools we gave her and did so religiously. It was 7 adjustments later when Archie came in on his own accord, without a laundry basket, and on a leash. We nearly cried. It had been two and a half months since Archie’s first visit and each time he showed slight bits of progress. His mom never gave up and she entrusted us with the care of her beautiful boy. While Archie may have IVDD, he is moving beautifully, he has tons of energy, and he has never let his ruptured disc bring him down. Check out his before and after videos below!

 

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Milo with IVDD and partial paresis

Milo is a young dachshund that  has had back problems due to IVDD on multiple occasions. The incident that brought him in to see us was more drastic than the previous ones. His back had hunched up, his neck was in spasm, and he was dragging his back legs. Milo was in significant pain and his back was like a rock. There was moderate sensitivity in his thoracolumbar junction. Poor little man was just not himself.

Milo started to relax even during his adjustment on day one. We applied some light traction and decompression therapy and he just melted. Getting pressure off of his disc was a huge relief for him. His parents were given some at home instructions and Milo went home. After two  visits Milo was back on his feet, his hunch had begun to decrease and he was holding his head up higher. He seemed happier and had gone back to eating normally.

After one month of treatment, Milo came trotting in to see us and didn’t even slip on the tile flooring. His back is almost totally flattened and his sensitivity level is well within normal. Milo is a sweetheart that is too young to be faced with a lifetime of back problems, and we are hoping with chiropractic we can help prevent future episodes by keeping his spine moving properly!

Milo before and after chiropractic!

Ellie the Shepherd Pup with a Knee Injury

Ellie was dealing with serious lameness and non weight bearing in her one hind leg. She was no stranger to limping as she is a two year old shepherd that LOVES to rough house with her 3 year old shepherd brother. The two are crazy and often times will come up with some sort of lameness. Something was different about this limp though, she wasn’t getting any better, in fact her limp appeared to be regressing. At that point, her parents decided to try chiropractic.

Ellie’s first visit was very typical of a pup with a cruciate tear. Her muscle tone had huge differences side to side, in fact it was inches of difference. She was very tender at her knee joint and had some mild gapping. Aside from all of this, she truly didn’t let it change her personality. Ellie was adjusted once a week for three weeks, and in that time period the change was astonishing. She went from non weight bearing to toe tapping, to fully weight bearing in three weeks. Her playfulness returned and her muscle tone was well on its way to recovery.

Ellie is one of many dogs dealing with knee injuries. These are tricky injuries as they aren’t often given many options as far as healing and prognosis. 9 times out of 10, surgery is recommended. Medications such as NSAIDs, steroids, and muscle relaxers are often times recommended. For those that want to try another option before going that route, chiropractic can be a great option, just look at Ellie! Knee injuries are rarely a time sensitive injury, which means there is no harm in trying an alternative route first!

 

Holly’s Disc Disease and Paralysis

ivddMeet Holly.  She is a 5 year old Dachshund who woke up one day and couldn’t use her back legs thanks to a bad disc.  Naturally, her mother was frantic and immediately took her to the vet.  The vet was not optimistic about her recovery and told the owner that she may want to consider putting her down if she doesn’t start using her rear legs within 48 hours.  The vet recommended a trip to the neurologist and surgery as the only option to alleviate her intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).  Her mom couldn’t afford the recommended surgical route and went to google to find an alternative solution.

Fortunately, she found us!  She called, and we immediately gave her a few tips to help slow the inflammation and secondary damage that results from a disc bulge.  We also gave her a few rehab exercises to stimulate the injured nerves until we could arrive the next day.  When we showed up, she was starting to use her back legs again!  Sure, they weren’t working optimally but we knew with some care and rehab she should return close to 100% of her previous self.

After evaluating her spine, we found some muscle guarding, restriction, and spasm in the mid spine region right where her disc disease was suspected.  We addressed these issues, as well as some problems in the hips.  With the dysfunction in these areas now corrected, it took stress off the parts of the spine pushing on Holly’s injured disc.  We are happy to report that after about a month she is pretty much her old self!  She is running around and as spunky as she has been in a long time.  Now, we are on a plan to check her periodically just to help stabilize the spine, so we don’t have any future issues.  We look forward to seeing her live another 10 years as healthy as her first 5! Check her out below 🙂

 

Daisy and her Knuckling Back Legs

Say hello to this beautiful 14 year old pointer named Daisy! Daisy came to see us just a few short weeks ago due to shaking, knuckling, and dragging in her back legs. What that means is that her back two legs had started to lag when going for walks or even just motoring around the house. Come to find out Daisy had started to slow down more recently and we weren’t really sure why, and her parents were told an MRI may be in order because it could be something neurological. While that is not incorrect, we thought perhaps her issues were more of a structural nature and her folks decided to give us a go.

Daisy had very slow response time in both her hind legs when flipping her paw over. In a normal situation, she should instantly turn her paw to “right” itself as opposed to letting it stay curled under. She was taking several seconds to realize that her paws were in a wrong position. She also had a significant hunch in her midback that her parents recalled developing over the last year or so. All of these things are not uncommon as our pets age. The good news is that often times chiropractic can really help alleviate some of the pressure being placed on the spinal cord, which in turn may be altering the communication between the brain and body.

This was exactly the situation with Daisy. Her roached up mid back was increasing pressure on her spinal cord, causing inflammation and leading to delays in communication and altered nerve interaction. After two adjustments her hunch was notably decreased and she no longer had a delay in her knuckling response. The dragging had stopped and our girl suddenly had that pep in her step back. Daisy has now seen us four times and she is 100% back to herself. We look forward to helping this girl hang around for several more years to come!

Bailey and her Pinched Nerve

pinchednerveSay hello to sweet Bailey! This beautiful girl is 13 and recently has been showing signs of pain and discomfort. She has been dragging and tripping on her front leg and just not acting herself. She has been lethargic and low energy and not jumping into the car. Bailey has been under chiropractic care for a good portion of her life, so before doing anything too drastic, her family opted to get her adjusted!

Bailey was stiff and lame at her first visit, but the spasm in her neck indicated it was likely a pinched nerve stemming from this region. Her range of motion was limited and she wasn’t wanting to do a full body shake. After two adjustments this was almost completely remedied. Bailey was full of energy and able to hop on into the car without a whimper. The limping was present but not nearly as prominent as it was in the beginning. By her third adjustment Bailey’s spasm had nearly disappeared and her range of motion was almost normal in her neck.

Bailey may be considered a senior dog by her age but don’t let that fool you. Her arthritis won’t keep her down and we certainly weren’t going to allow a pinched nerve do that to her either. We are so glad Bailey is doing so exceptionally well and we love this girl to pieces!

Tank the Boston Terrier with IVDD

Say hello to sweet Tank! Tank is a six year old Boston Terrier that lost complete function in his back end one weekend. After a trip to the emergency veterinarian, Tank was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease that had caused a likely disc to herniate or rupture. The family was recommended to do an MRI and immediately follow with surgery, though there was no guarantee Tank would walk again after doing all of the above. After a little internet research, Tank’s parents opted to go the alternative route for a couple of weeks before making any other decisions.

Within his first adjustment, Tank went from unable to hold a stand to actually attempting to stand on his own. Though this is not the norm, we were amazed at how quickly his body rebounded. Three days after the adjustment Tank was able to pull his knees up underneath him. By the second visit he was actually pulling himself up to a stand on his toes. At his third adjustment Tank was using one of his back legs to walk while hobbling on the other. And after four visits, Tank is walking and even running, though a little funnily at first.

Tank had severe compression of his spinal cord from the intervertebral disc disease, when this happens the body has a natural reaction to shut down, which is where the paralysis comes from. As the vertebrae are able to move again, inflammation dies down as it is flushed out of the system and normal function is able to return. The beauty in chiropractic is that we are able to help return within normal function to the spine, and when that happens, we are restoring balance to the system, rather than just removing pressure from one zone and placing it on another. Because of this, we very rarely have seen pets relapse, which can happen with disc disease. Tank is an absolute rockstar, and we hope you’ll take a minute to see for yourself below!

 

Sky and her Partial Paralysis

Meet Sky! This perfect little munchkin was fine one minute and shortly thereafter she couldn’t use her back legs or her front legs. She was dragging herself around and seemed to be in significant pain. After a visit to the vet, she was diagnosed with IVDD and was recommended to do an MRI and surgery. She was prescribed prednisone and pain medication in the meantime.

Sky came to see us two days after the initial incident and at this point she had regained control of her front end, however her back end was not working. She couldn’t pick herself up and she would drag. Her mom would support her with a towel under her back end so that she wouldn’t tear herself up. Sky never lost her bowel and bladder control initially.

After her first visit, Sky began to regain control. Though the initial getting up part was still a little labored, she could do it and then walk close to normally without any assistance! Sky has been seen three times in the past three weeks and she has come a long way. She went from paralyzed to walking in a short period of time as the pressure on her spinal cord was released. Between chiropractic adjustments and at home exercises this girl has made a near full recovery, yay Sky! Check out her video below.

 

Sky Before and After!

Belle the Doberman and her Neurological Issues

Say hello to Belle. She is a beautiful 13 year old doberman that has been an incredibly healthy girl. Out of the blue, Belle began to walk drunkenly one weekend. It progressed rapidly to the point where she could barely walk at all, was dragging her legs, and not wanting to eat. The vet gave her dad some doggy aspirin and said the next step would be a trip to the neurologist. Now Belle’s dad would do anything for her, but he was concerned that he would be told she’d need invasive surgery and he knew that wasn’t an option for his girl. So his own mom recommended he come see us.

Belle was not wanting to weight bear on her back left leg much when she came in. Her head hung low and she was terribly stiff. Any fluidity to her movements were gone and we could tell she was in some pain. Her front paws had begun to knuckle under and we were worried that these neurological symptoms would keep getting worse. After her very first adjustment Belle walked out of the room a little steadier and her gait looked mildly improved. Upon her recheck later that week, Belle walked in on slippery tile and didn’t fall once. Her stability was better and she was holding her head up high.

By her third visit just one week later Belle came bouncing into the office without a care in the world. This girl was moving like a rockstar, without an ounce of stiffness notable. Her dad tells us she is almost 100% and is doing even better than he had ever imagined. She’s on joint supplementation to help maintain her progress and we will check in on her to make sure she stays up to snuff. Belle had pressure being placed on her spinal cord, and once that pressure was removed it was as if she were a new dog. Yay Belle!

 

Princeton the Dachshund and his Disc Bulge

Take a moment to meet Princeton. This handsome fellow was diagnosed with a disc problem that suddenly came out of nowhere. He began dragging his back leg and his parents feared it wouldn’t be long before he was partially paralyzed. They were told the options were surgery, a cart, and possible euthanasia. Princeton’s parents knew there had to be another option so instead they elected to try alternative care first.

At Princeton’s first visit we could see how much he was struggling with his one hind leg. It was knuckled under and dragging, he didn’t have much feeling in his back end, and we were concerned he may lose bowel and bladder control. He did, however, manage to wag his tail which was an incredibly good sign. It looked as though Princeton had the beginning stages of a disc bulge that if left alone could lead to a ruptured disc. 

Princeton was adjusted three times in two weeks and then once a week for the next couple of visits. By the second visit Princeton was already showing signs of improvement. He was resisting during his exercises and the feeling in his back leg appeared to be coming back. By his third visit Princeton had begun to lift his one leg up and attempt to use it. By his third week of treatments Princeton was actually utilizing the dragging leg. After a total of six visits, Princeton was back to himself. He is able to run and jump and his back leg no longer drags. His back moves beautifully and he continues to get regular chiropractic care just to maintain his mobility in his spine! Watch below to see his before and after video!