What is the Most Common Joint Injury in Dogs?
People often ask us what is the most common joint injury we see in dogs and how to treat it.
The answer is a Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) rupture (similar to an ACL rupture in people) within the knee joint and can happen due to:
- Result of a traumatic injury
- Weakened ligament over time as it stretches
- Certain breeds are more prone to CCL ruptures genetically, such as: Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Pitbulls & Rottweilers
How to treat CCL Rupture?
Unfortunately, just like a ruptured ACL in people, the treatment can be fairly intensive and long term, including:
- Surgery Is the most effective treatment for CCL Ruptures
- Physical Therapy - to strengthen surround muscle and soft tissue structures
- Joint Supplements with Green Lipped Mussel to ensure return to an active, pain-free, happy lifestyle!
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About the Author:
Dr. Zonram Liao D.V.M. is a Southern California native, and earned his undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego before obtaining his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is not only a firm believer in the use of supportive care supplements to improve the health and happiness of his patients, but also is a strong advocate of the benefits of preventive care medicine for his patients as well. During his free time, Dr. Liao enjoys spending his time outdoors fishing and hiking, playing basketball, watching movies, cooking, traveling, and trying new foods.