Meet Maddie! She is one of our best rehab patients! She enjoys the relaxation of massage and getting treats for exercises!
In January 2012, Maddie tore her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (equivilant to the ACL in people) in her right hind leg. She had corrective surgery and post op rehab at ECAC. Maddie really is the perfect patient! She did excellent with rehab.
Unfortunately, Maddie tore her left CCL this fall. It is very common for a dog that has torn one CCL to tear the other later on. This month, Maddie had surgery to correct the left knee. She has arthritis in her hips, so we have begun rehab for that as well.
Maddie’s owners agreed to let us feature her case on our blog and share her story with all of you!
For the first week we concentrate on pain management. We ice the knee, work on PROM (Passive Range of Motion), massage and stretching. All of Maddie’s treatments are done on our PEMF bed (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Therapy Field). It helps with pain management.
Laser treatments help reduce pain and inflammation. It also promotes healing and helps to loosen tight muscles.
Cryotherapy or icing with a cold compress help to reduce inflammation within the joint.
After massaging, we gently stretch the muscles around the joint to keep them as loose as possible. This will help Maddie feel more comfortable and she will be more likely to use her leg faster than without rehab.
Maddie’s first week went very well! She is already putting her leg down and getting some use out of it. We are thrilled with her early progress!
Each week we will post an update on Maddie’s progress as well as a walkthrough of her rehab sessions. We hope you enjoy Maddie’s story!