Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
What is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs?
The hip joint, which bears a load proportional to the dogs’ body weight during normal walking, increases (loading) to several times during faster gaits or jumping.
Hip dysplasia is a common canine orthopaedic condition, especially in the larger breeds and is defined as “failure of the hip joint to develop into a well seated and congruent joint”.
Benefits of Physiotherapy Hip Dysplasis Treatments for Dogs:
- Control pain, inflammation and discomfort
- Improve range-of-movement, therefore improving quality of life
- Restore muscle tone and balance
- Rehabilitation and long-term maintenance programs to retain these benefits
Conservative and Post-surgery Hip Dysplasia Dog Programs
Conservative management of these issues can be an option where surgery has not been recommended for your dog. For post-surgery rehabilitation, studies have shown that physiotherapy helps prevent issues such as excessive fibrosis and loss of range-of-movement.
Additionally, complementary land-based treadmill exercise provides a controlled and effective method of exercise for dogs with hip dysplasia. As well as re-establishing a more natural gait, it also helps build muscle tone. This provides improved joint support in the longer term.
Breeds Commonoly Refererred for Treatment of Hip Dysplasia include:
- Border Collies
- German Shepherd Dogs
- Golden Retrievers
Additionally the sacroiliac joint may show dysfunctions in combination with any hip joint problems. The sacroiliac joint is an important shock absorber and bears the weight of the rear-body when the dog is standing. Chronic overuse and micro trauma from daily repetitive activities may also affect this joint.