Dogs with ruptured ACLs, also known as dog CCLs (cranial cruciate ligaments), are treated using ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee braces. Canines frequently suffer from a torn ACL, especially energetic or overweight dogs. It may result in lameness, discomfort, and swelling in the affected leg.
Dog ACL knee braces function by supporting the injured limb and reducing tibial thrust, which happens when the ACL is ruptured. The tibial thrust refers to the forward motion of the tibia (shinbone) with respect to the femur (thighbone). This motion increases the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis and can further harm the joint.
ACL knee braces for dogs promote scar tissue formation, which helps to reduce pain and increase mobility. Scar tissue is a type of connective tissue that forms when the body repairs damaged tissue. It is not as strong as normal tissue, but it can provide support and stability to the affected joint.
Return Muscle Mass:
Dog ACL knee braces can aid in regaining muscle mass in the injured leg. When a dog suffers from a torn ACL, they could use their other limb more to make up for the harm, which can cause muscular atrophy (loss of muscle mass) in the affected leg. An ACL knee brace can support the injured limb while enabling it to support weight, which can help to prevent muscle atrophy and encourage the growth of new muscle mass.
A complete Range of Motion:
Dog ACL knee braces are made to allow for full range of motion, allowing your dog to bend their leg with ease. Your dog can bend, sit, lay down, go for walks, and even swim while wearing the brace because they are also joined.
ACL knee braces for dogs are usually worn for nine months. In the beginning, there is a gradual break-in period and restricted activity to allow the dog to adjust to the brace and the affected leg to heal. After the break-in period, the dog can gradually return to their normal activity level.
In conclusion, ACL knee braces for dogs work by providing support to the affected leg and preventing the tibial thrust that occurs when the ACL is torn. They promote scar tissue formation, help to return muscle mass, and allow for a full range of motion. Worn for nine months, with a gradual break-in period and restricted activity in the beginning, ACL knee braces can help your dog return to their normal activity level and lead a happy, healthy life.
Be sure to read about similar Topics (click on them):
- "Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Injury in Dogs." American College of Veterinary Surgeons, www.acvs.org/small-animal/cranial-cruciate-ligament-ccl-injury-dogs.
- "Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Dogs." VCA Hospitals, www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/cruciate-ligament-injury-in-dogs/4579.