Veterinary Chiropractic

Severe Hind Leg Weakness in a Cat – Non-Surgical Treatment

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Severe Hind Leg Weakness
Before and After videos of Sally the Cat

 

Sally presented with a history of severe hind leg weakness that prevented her from walking.  Her condition had not changed in the last six months.  She was treated using a combination of chiropractic, acupuncture and physiotherapy techniques. The video below is a good demonstration of how well hind leg weakness patients can respond to non-surgical therapy.

The decision on whether a case of hind end weakness will respond to non-surgical treatment depends on several factors, including the degree of neurologic impairment, how rapidly the condition is progressing, and the amount of concurrent pain that is present. Some cases are clearly surgical, but this one was not.


Case Report: Dog Hip Dysplasia

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Dog Hip Dysplasia: Humphrey’s Tale

 

Normal Dog Hips

This radiographs shows a dog with well formed hips. Notice the deep sockets and a round femoral head. There is no roughening of the bone, or thickening of the femoral neck, or other signs of arthritis.

 

Dog hip dysplasia is a genetic condition in which the hip joint forms improperly.  Normally the hip joint should consist of a deep pelvic socket (acetabulum) supporting a round ball (femoral head).  If the hip joint develops a shallow acetabulum or flattened femoral head, then there is reduced bony support.  The body must then rely on muscle and connective tissue structures to compensate.  This added strain can trigger pain in other parts of the pelvis.  With time, arthritis inevitably develops.Most cases of dog hip dysplasia can be managed well with non-surgical techniques.  Humphrey is a good example; the level of dysplasia in his hips is considered `severe`, which is the worst rating for dog hip dysplasia that exists.

 

 

Dog Hip Dysplasia

In contrast, Humphrey’s hips show poor seating of the ball and socket joint, a thickened femoral neck, roughened bone and calcifications indicative of hip arthritis.

 

In contrast, Humphrey’s hips show poor seating of the ball and socket joint, a thickened femoral neck, roughened bone and calcifications indicative of hip arthritis.

Despite such appalling hips on x-ray, with a program of nutritional supplements, weight control, massage, and appointments with Dr. Lane every other month, Humphrey enjoys an active pain free life without the need for prescription medication.  He averages two hours of exercise a day and is an accomplished tracker.

For more information about the treatment options available for dog hip dysplasia, or the other causes of hind end pain in dogs, visit http://pointseastwest.com/dog-hip-dysplasia/.

 

ADDENDUM: Sunday Nov 4, 2012 – Humphrey just earned his CKC TD tracking title.  Congratulations!

 


Veterinary Chiropractic Treatment for Paralysis in a Cat

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Jackie was once immobilized by severe back pain.

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Case Report: Jackie (the white cat on the left in the picture above)

Presenting Complaint: Jackie experienced sudden onset hind end paralysis following an episode of kicking out his hind legs.  He had been unable to move his hind end for the last 10 days, to the point where he could only lie in his own faeces and urine.  His owner had been diligently cleaning and caring for him, but he had shown no improvement.

Clinical Appearance: Jackie presented in a recumbent position, with a painful hind end.  He was unwilling or unable to stand or walk, and was extremely irritable.

Exam Findings: A neurologic and musculoskeletal exam determined that his spinal cord pathways were in-tact, but that even small movements caused severe pain. Spasming of the lower back musculature had put asymmetric strain on his pelvis and sacrum, causing the two bones to remain fixed in a rotated position.  This in turn put strain on his sciatic nerve which we know in people causes intense shooting pain.  Immobilizing himself was his only way for him to find relief.

Treatment: Veterinary chiropractic techniques were used to relax the surrounding musculature and return symmetric mobility to the pelvis.  Immediately after treatment, for the first time in over a week, Jackie stood and walked about 15 feet before collapsing from exhaustion.

Long Term Outcome: A combination of veterinary chiropractic and acupuncture techniques has Jackie moving better now than he ever did before the accident.

Jackie`s mom wrote the following letter when she submitted his picture:

Our precious kitty, Jack Frost “Jackie” (pictured left), hurt his back and was unable to walk.  He was in tremendous pain and couldn’t even stand, let alone use the litter box by himself.  We consulted 5 veterinarians, the last of which was Dr. Lane.  All said the prognosis was not good, prescribed narcotics for pain and said he should be put to sleep, all except Dr. Lane that is.  After weeks of not walking, Dr. Lane adjusted Jackie and he walked immediately after that!  Now, several years later, Jackie is happy and healthy.  Dr. Lane saved his life and gave us more years to love him.
One of the veterinarians we consulted was my own father who had long been skeptical about chiropractic treatment.  Now he recommends it.