– Bilateral Elbow Osteoarthritis
Rambler is a 10 year old Yellow Labrador who presented with very stiff elbows which impaired his mobility to such an extent that he was debilitated and could barely walk. He also presented weakness in his hips and hind legs with muscle loss evident due to arthritis.
Rambler’s rehabilitation plan involved initial concentration on his elbows to reduce swelling inflammation, pain and strengthening of the muscles surrounding the joints. Secondary attention was paid to his hips and hind legs to build muscle and strength and to reduce pain and discomfort.
Rambler has been attending since June and his recovery has been remarkable. The mobility and range of movement in his elbows are greatly improved and he is no longer walking with stiff front legs. The swelling and inflammation has subsided and the muscle around his joints have increased, providing more support and taking the strain off the joints. There is an increase in muscle mass and stability in the hips, improving his gait and making his walk more comfortable. His general physical and mental wellbeing has improved and he is far more active both indoors and out. His owner can now take him for short walks again (something she was unable to do for some time!) and he has started playing with his toys again. Both owner and dog feels that their quality of life has improved and she is glad to have her “old Rambler” back.
Although he will never regain full mobility and movement in his
joints, Rambler's quality of life has improved and he is enjoying life despite his age again!
Although he will never regain full mobility
and movement in his joints, Rambler’s quality of life has improved and he is
enjoying life despite his age once again