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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

Moya and her Cruciate Ligament Tear

cruciate ligament tearOh miss Moya, could you be any cuter? Moya came to see us with a torn cruciate ligament. She was not wanting to weight bear hardly at all, though she didn’t seem like she was in any pain. The thought of surgery did not appeal to her parents as she was still quite young and active, and keeping Moya on crate rest for an extended period of time was likely not going to work. Luckily Moya’s uncle told them to come pay us a visit!

 

With any knee injury, there’s bound to be a few weeks where the healing is slow and it doesn’t look like much is changing. There will be good days and bad days, but as time goes on and the healing progresses, the good days will start to far outweigh the bad. In fact the bad days often only show up after a stellar day when they push themselves a little too hard!

 

Moya was no different. Within her first few adjustments she was utilizing that back leg more and more. Her inflammation went down and she wasn’t taking any medication. She was playing and walking, and sooner than not her lameness was hardly present at all. Her knee healed up without ever needing surgery and she was able to be active throughout her recovery. For dogs such as Moya this is key! See her before and after below!

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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!