Tuesday, March 7, 2017

disc problems in dogs and dog back pain - chiropractor for dogs boston, cape cod and south shore boston

 Dogs with back pain that are brought to the Vet are often misdiagnosed as IVDD when in fact the more common issue is VSC (vertebral subluxation complex). VSC is where one or more of the spinal joints are "stuck" in motion and causing nerve irritation and muscle spasm. VSC can occur with any abnormal movement your dog makes such as a jump or quick change of position. VSC is not diagnosed by your Vet since they are unaware of this condition and thus often diagnose a disc injury or muscle pull and perscribe meds, rest and or surgury. Since VSC is most common you will need to consult a Certified Animal Chiropractor (American Vet Chiropractic Assoc). These Chiropractors are specially trained to diagnose VSC vs  IVDD. If a Vet referral is needed they will refer you. To correct VSC a Chiropractic adjustment is done in conjunction with cold laser and exercises. Often the treatment will be a few visits to correct the problem along with your home rehab program the Dr will give you. If there is an IVDD then often times your Animal Chiropractor along with your Vet can resolve the problem.
The following is just a simple explanation of IVDD. Any questions contact Dr Bruce at 781-337-1180 or email at indekchiropractic@gmail.com our website is indekchiropractic.com and click Animal Chiropractic at the top.

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.

Breeds of dog that are predisposed to IVDD include the Dachshund, Beagle, Basset Hound, and Shih Tzu.

Made up of a gelatinous substance surrounded by a thick outer layer, intervertebral discs are basically the shock absorbers of the spine. There are two types of disc herniation seen in dogs: Type I and Type II, of which Type II generally has less severe signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of IVDD may include:

  • Unwillingness to jump
  • Pain and weakness in rear legs (lameness)
  • Crying out in pain
  • Anxious behavior
  • Muscle spasms over back or neck
  • Hunched back or neck with tense muscles
  • Reduced appetite and activity level
  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control (urinary and fecal incontinence, respectively)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hip pain in dogs, chiropractor for dogs boston, south shore boston cape code

Hip pain can cause front leg lameness sinc a dog carries 60 percent of their body wt on the front legs and when there is a hip issue even more wt on the front. This increased wt transfer will cause stiffness and strain on the front legs.
Hip pain can be caused by leg problems and or spinal problems. Animal Chiropractors have a specialized education in this area and your vet will not necessarily diagnose the problem correctly if it is not surgical or disease process. Standard vet care will be rest and meds, if it is a mechanical joint problem, u need an animal chiropractor to fix the issue.
Please contact Dr Indek with questions at 781-337-1180 or email at Indekchiropractic@gmail.com
Dr indek makes house calls throughout New England as well as adjusts dog at Groton Animal Hospital.