Maddie continues to do very well with her rehab. She is making progress with each day!
We continue to work on some pain management as well as promoting weight bearing on her left hind. Maddie has started a couple of new exercises. She always does well and loves to get treats for working hard!
We perform gentle joint compressions of the stifle joint to promote healthy joint fluid. Dogs seem to enjoy this modality.
After applying a warm compress, massage circles are done down Maddie’s back. Her back muscles get tight from compensation. This is due to not bearing full weight on her leg and the arthritis in her hips. Maddie loves this part of rehab the most!
PROM (Passive Range of Motion) is done to help move the leg in it’s natural motion. This will help Maddie not to lose as much mobility while she is not fully weigh bearing. Her hind leg is moved in a bicycle motion.
Maddie’s favorite exercise is the Cookie Stretch. Maddie follows a treat to the right hip. This shifts her weight to her left hind, which promotes weigh bearing.
Post-op rehab patients tend to use their legs faster than without rehab. We keep pain under control. We also promote weight bearing. Patients usually will not want to use the limb that has had surgery, even if it is not painful. We help them realize that using that leg won’t be painful. With rehab, muscles will not atrophy (lose muscle) as quickly either.