Canine IVDOCD of the shoulder is the disturbance of the ossification process leading to cartridge cells not being reabsorbed and replaced by bone. Typically seen in younger dogs between 4 – 8 months old, it is more likely to affect male dogs. 


Benefits of Physiotherapy Treatments:

  • Control pain, inflammation following surgery
  • Improve joint range-of-movement
  • Restoration of an even front-end weight distribution
  • Reduce progression of osteoarthritis


Canine OCD is thought to be a polygenic, hereditary and developmental abnormal bone development disease. A particular issue with shoulder OCD is that it can be bilateral (both limbs) and tenosynovitis may occur. These issues can increase the probability of additional compensatory muscle pain. Surgery is usually recommended. 


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Post-surgery, physiotherapy will play an integral part in the rehabilitation and long term management of the shoulder joint and supporting ligaments, muscles and tendons. Every dog is different, so the actual treatment plan will be tailored to your dog and its particular condition. 



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