The most common reasons for considering an elbow orthosis include dynamic luxation (dislocation) and osteoarthritis.
Elbow pathology is common. The most common reasons for considering an elbow orthosis include dynamic luxation (dislocation) and osteoarthritis.
Clinical signs of elbow injury depend on severity but may include lameness, swelling, and malalignment. Elbow luxation is usually managed with sedation and reduction +/- surgery. Chronic cases are sometimes managed with an orthosis. Elbow osteoarthritis is common and one of the most challenging joints to manage. There is no single effective therapy. Management must be by an integrative approach and include: weight management, medical management, supplements, rehabilitation, surgery, partial joint replacement, and sometimes orthosis.
1) Restrict rotation at the elbow. The elbow is composed of 3 bones (humerus, radius and ulna). The radius and ulna compose the forearm and this allows some rotation around the humerus. This type of motion can induce pain in the arthritic joint.
2) Restrict frontal plane movement (varus and valgus). These are sideways movements. These movements are very subtle in the canine elbow and as such not as important as rotational movement can be in causing pain.
3) Limit joint motion (flexion and extension) to the most comfortable range. The device can be designed to allow movement within controlled parameters because end range flexion and end range flexion can be painful. Custom elbow orthoses cannot take away all pain associated with elbow pathology. Animals must bear weight through the affected joint. However, by limiting the above the device is helpful when your dog is active.In this way the device is a support device.
Because an orthosis is not the correct therapy for all patients, before choosing an orthosis the following points are important to keep in mind:
OrthoPets devices are custom fabricated based off of an impression of your patient’s/pet’s leg. We fabricate each orthotic brace or prosthetic device to support the therapeutic mobility goals.
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