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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!

 

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Lottie and her Cruciate Ligament Tear

cruciateligamentMeet Lottie! This little lady had a total cruciate tear in her back leg that was causing her some serious trouble. She wasn’t able to put weight down on her injured leg and she hobbled around as if nothing was wrong. She was quickly diagnosed with a cruciate tear and was told she would need surgery to fix the issue. Having experience with alternate therapies herself, her fur mom decided she’d rather give chiropractic a try to see if that might be the answer.

After just three visits Lottie was already putting her leg down and using it to motor around the house. Though she continued to toe-tap, she was clearly on the mend. As she grew stronger and her muscle tone improved, Lottie was able to use her leg more confidently. By the end of 6 visits Lottie was nearly 100%.

Lottie loves to walk and play, and when surgery was first suggested she was told these things would not be options for several months. Knowing her pup would not be able to sit still for that extended period of time lead her mom to research alternative options. Lottie was able to live a fairly normal life during her healing period, and within two months she was good as new. Yay Lottie!

 

Check out her before and after videos here!

Lottie Before and After Chiropractic

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Nellie and her Cruciate Tear

cruciate tearWhoa Nellie…that’s what this girl was probably told before she injured her back leg. Nellie came up lame after some hard play, though there was no specific injury that could really be linked to the issue. This is not uncommon at all when it comes to cruciate tears. More often than not, these ligaments weaken over time and slowly start to wear over many months. At that point it doesn’t take much to either fully tear or partially tear a now unstable knee. This is exactly what happened to sweet Nellie.

 

Nellie’s folks were told she would require surgery to fix the knee and that it would not heal on its own. They were slightly skeptical and when Nellie’s best bud Moya had had a similar injury that was healing up nicely using chiropractic, it seemed like a no brainer to try an alternative first. Nellie was an absolute rockstar at her first adjustment and it didn’t look like she would need to go the conventional route.

 

Within days of her first few visits Nellie was already walking better. Her lameness quickly subsided and only pops up occasionally after some heavy duty activity. Eventually this will stop as well, it just takes a little extra time to fully heal inside that joint. Similar to a heavy workout at the gym, soreness is to be expected, but not long lasting. Sweet Nellie is a perfect example of why trying an alternative route before going the surgical route can’t hurt!

Molly and her Cruciate Injury

mollyostlerThis adorable little husky mix is Molly. Molly is considered a “senior” dog but she is definitely the opposite of what I would consider old. She has spunk and energy up the wazoo, and her fur mom and I have a tough time trying to keep up with her! Molly was first brought to us because of a limp she had in her back leg. After being examined, Molly was thought to have a cruciate tear. Despite being active and energetic, Molly’s fur mom knew the risks of doing surgery on an older dog and decided to try the alternative method before going down the conventional road.

 

Molly did extraordinarily. Through each visit Molly began to use her leg a little bit more. She would put extra weight on it and the limp became less noticeable. Over time, the limp completely disappeared along with all the heat and inflammation that had once plagued her knee joint. She began going back on her long walks (sometimes runs) and even returned to her favorite place (doggy daycare)! This girl could not be kept down and she certainly proved that age does not play a factor in her recovery.

 

Molly continues to see us because of how active she is. Though shes never re-injured the ligament in her knee, she certainly has put it to the test. Every now and again Molly will come and see us with a bit of a limp, and after an adjustment she seems 100% back to her normal self. Through chiropractic, her body has reached a new pattern that is structurally stable. Though it can be tested on occasion, her body wants to return to this new mold rather than actively stay in a state that is unnatural, thus the reason it doesn’t take more than a follow-up visit to get her right back on track. We love this girl and we love seeing how far she has come without having to go under the knife!