Iliopsoas Injury

How does a dog have fun while recovering from an iliopsoas injury? 

Eloise, Ellie, is a 5 year old very active girl recovering from a TPLO surgery. TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery is an orthopedic surgery that is performed on dogs who have torn their cranial cruciate ligament, also commonly referred to as the dog acl.

Soon after the surgery Ellie, was actively using her leg. But, when she suddenly started limping and avoiding putting any weight on her recovering leg, her surgeon determined she had injured or strained her Iliopsoas muscle.

Iliopsoas strains occur as the result of excessive force acting on this muscle, and are commonly associated with highly athletic activities such as agility or just a dog having too much zoomy fun.

“Traumatic incidents that result in active eccentric muscle contraction such as slipping into a splay-legged position, jumping out of a vehicle, aggressive agility training, or roughhousing with other dogs are often suspected in precipitating acute lameness. It is not uncommon to find dogs with iliopsoas strains that have other concurrent orthopedic problems, or that have recently undergone surgical treatment for another orthopedic condition such as cranial cruciate ligament rupture.”

Non Responsive Hind Limb lameness in Agility Dogs. Dr. Canapp, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  Clean Run, March 2007.

Weekly massage therapy has been very effective in her road to recovery.  Here her owner and human brother are taking her to Jordan Lake for some Hydro therapy Ellie style!!

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