We’re into week 4 of Maddie’s rehab and she is doing better with each day. We are at a stage where we can concentrate more on strengthening and getting back daily normal use of her leg.
We continue to rotate her exercises daily. Something new we will try with Maddie is to make her weight shifting a little bit harder. This balancing exercise is very similar to stair hugging, except that her front feet are on a Dyno Disc. This disc is filled with air. (It’s similar to a stability ball, just flatter.) Maddie’s weight will shift to her back legs, but she will rock from side to side on her front legs. It will work different muscles in the back legs as well as her core. This is great for Maddie’s legs, hips and back.
One of the most important exercises Maddie does is walking. Her walks are slow and controlled on a leash. We increase the amount of time she walks each week, as long as she continues to do well. Walking is extemely important because it does so many things such as promoting weight bearing, helping to decrease atrophy and increasing range of motion.
If Maddie walks too fast or runs, she is less likely to use her healing leg. She is also likely to sustain injury. Maddie’s owner’s have done a great job of controlling her walks as her knee continues to heal.