Meet Skynard! He’s a rehab patient at ECAC.
In July 2011, Skynard was diagnosed with OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans) in both hocks. OCD is a joint disease where the cartilidge and bone in the joint are affected. It can be very painful. After resting and anti-inflammatory medication, Skynard was on the road to recovery. He was started on a strong glucosamine supplement, prescription joint diet and a weight loss program.
Skynard is an athlete so regular exercise is extremely important for his daily life. This means keeping him as comfortable as possible so that he can stay conditioned and continue doing what he loves to do most…dock dive!
At ECAC we work on pain management to keep Skynard’s joints comfortable. We also work on flexibility. Skynard gets regular laser treatments to help stay ahead of any inflammation. We do joint compressions to help push healthy joint fluid into his hocks. Skynard comes in for acupuncture as well. He was so relaxed that he fell asleep during his last treatment! Skynard’s favorite thing is getting massages. This helps keep his muscles loose and promotes healthy bloodflow to his joints.
Skynard lost 20 pounds on his diet! This took a lot of stress off his joints. He also runs about 3 miles a day. The best treatment for his condition is strengthening. Skynard does strengthening exercises at least 3 times a week. Keeping strong muscles in his hind legs help support his joints better.
Here are some of the exercises he does:
Skynard will continue to have rehab at ECAC so that he can do his favorite thing…