Luxating Patella - How To Help
Patellar luxation is another name for an unstable kneecap, which has a tendency to slip out of position and cause lameness.
In the great majority of cases, it moves to the inside of the affected hindleg, which is then drawn up (flexed) by the contraction of the quadriceps (the large muscle at the front of the thigh), so that it is unable to bear weight.
Some dogs learn to correct this themselves, resulting in normal walking (often with audible click as the patella returns to its normal position - a bony groove in the femur) alternating with hopping on one leg as it pops out again. Others remain lame until the kneecap is manually repositioned.
The best course of action when the patella is unstable, largely depends on the degree of luxation / subluxation present and the cause.
If it is due to a poor conformation (a bow-legged shape to the hind legs, is the most common factor) the mechanical forces drawing the patella towards the inside of the knee joint, may be too strong to counteract without surgery to stabilise it in the correct position. This evaluation is best made by a vet.
If alignment of the knee structures is reasonable however, or the problem has arisen because of an injury, then it may well be possible to preserve joint function using conservative treatment.
Giving JOINTS helps, as it:
- nourishes joint cartilage
- improves lubrication within the joint
- soothes sore tissues
- supplies the building blocks for joint maintenance, regeneration and repair
And all of these benefits can have a significant impact on:
- preserving joint function
- delaying the onset of age related degenerative changes, which typically result in stiffness and loss of mobility over time
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A skilled animal chiropractor (McTimoney is best) or canine massage therapist can help to keep musculoskeletal structures correctly aligned, which can reduce the frequency of luxation.
Hydrotherapy (as long as the dog concerned enjoys water) provides great, non-weight bearing exercise for building up the strength of muscles, tendons and ligaments in and around the knees - and other joints.
This should be healthy, balanced, complete and supply all the minerals, trace elements and other nutrients essential for optimum musculoskeletal health.