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|12-23-2009, 02:52 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: N Ireland
Legg Perthes Rehabilitation - any experience
Toby had his legg perthes op about 3 weeks ago.
He has had 2 sessions of hydrotherapy, 5 days apart. It is now closed for 2 weeks for christmas. he will be going for weekly sessions after that.
He leg is very week. It wasnt used for about 5-6 weeks before the op, so in total its been off the ground over 2 months, and is very weak, with very little muscle left.
The vet said that weekly sessions will not be enough. He needs daily physio. when he is walking, he holds it up, and it is not strong enough to force him into using it by disabling the other leg (eg tying marble on to it).
So I think I will have to put him in the bath at home every day.
has anyone tried this, or has any suggestions on how to get him to use his weak leg?
Toby - 03/03/09 & Maisie - 08/09/09
RIP Millie - 30/03/08 - 24/03/09
|12-23-2009, 05:07 PM||#2|
Resident Yorkie Nut Donating YT 20K Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
You can try an air mattress and walk back and forth... foam will also work. They sink in a bit and it kind of helps them to use that leg more.
He will do well with the hydrotherapy. Here they do that on an underwater treadmill. It works wonders!
He will be using that leg before you know it!
|12-23-2009, 06:56 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Millington, TN USA
it took Zacchie a while to use his leg. I was worried about it, but Doc told me it would be fine. He said eventually he would regain use of it.
Now you wouldn't even know he'd ever had a problem. Just keep up with the therapy.
Cricket and Zaccheus' human