HANNAH ASHTON
Dip A Phys, MIAAT,
BSc hons Animal Science.
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
07971 431884

Case Studies

 
FLO

Flo is a 13 year old border collie with chronic arthritis. From being a lively, active dog, Flo had begun isolating herself from the other dogs and managing only 10 minute walks before lying down and refusing to go further.

Her triceps, thoracolumbar, bicep femoris, semi-membranosus and semi tendinosus muscles had become very tight and restrictive to her movement.

After just the first session of physiotherapy, Floís owner reported that she had become more active and wasnít so worried about being around the other dogs. After completing the course, Flo is now up and running with her friends and her owner is struggling to tire her out!

 
SNOWY

Snowy, a 2 year old terrier cross was attacked by a German Shepherd dog. The dogs teeth penetrated her right gluteal muscle and left bicep muscle as she was picked up and vigorously shaken.

Her skin was torn from her hind limb in an almost de-gloving effect and she underwent 2 operations to stich the skin back together. Unfortunately the skin began to die off which effected itís ability to heal.

Her treatment consisted of intensive Phototherapy and after just 23 days, the wound has sufficiently healed with no need for further surgery.

BEAU

Beau is a 2 year old Bassett Hound who was born into hunt kennels with a leg deformity. For this reason he was rehomed as a puppy and almost immediately underwent surgery to correct the problem.

Beau had a 6" pin inserted into his right elbow joint and while this straightened his leg, he remained lame.

On initial assessment, Beau was scored 6/10 lame with a high degree of muscular tension and spasm in his surrounding limbs and compensatory muscles.

Beauís treatment consisted of laser and ultrasound therapy, massage and stretching. The owner was also left with exercises to do.

Beauís initial treatment was a programme of 4 sessions over 7 weeks, and he is now maintained on a 2 monthly basis.

He is now totally sound, happy and active

ALFIE

Alfie is a 6 year old Westie who was presented to me after suffering from an acute non-compressive cervical disc extrusion also called low volume high velocity disc herniation in the caudal cervical spine.

He was paralysed through is left side with significantly reduced proprioception in his left hind.

Treatment revolved around reducing muscle spasms, aiding joint mobilisation, regaining balance and aiding muscle development.

Exercises to increase suppleness and strength followed after a few weeks of treatment.

Alfie responded well to treatment, appeared much more comfortable and in control, and whilst his left side was still affected, he was able to enjoy his walks again and maintain a good quality of life.

(Nucleus Diagram courtesy of sdspineinstitute.com)

SAMMY

Sammy is a 5 year old Lab with chronic elbow dysplasia.

After, what we can only assume, is a fall, Sammy was unable to walk, both his forelimbs became hugely inflamed and significant bruising developed down his front legs.

Alongside veterinary treatment, Sammy underwent a course of physiotherapy and ultrasound and he is now much more mobile and able to get out on walks and even have a run about.

TOMMY

Tommy is a working bull who became unable to do what Bulls do! After examination, Tommy was diagnosed with arthritis in his hips and taking his weight onto his hind limbs to Ďservice his heifersí became too painful.

After the first treatment Tommy broke out of his isolation pen to make his way back to his ladies.

Tommy was signed off after 4 treatments as he was much more comfortable, mobile and happily out with his girls again doing what he should be doing.

Tommy had a top up physiotherapy treatment just under a year later and remaind healthy and active.

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PICKLE

Pickle is a 4 year old thoroughbred. Whilst in training he sustained an injury to the lateral aspect of his carpus (knee) which penetrated deep into the carpus joint. Unfortunately, infection developed which also infected the sheath of the common digital extensor tendon, above the knee.

The only option was surgery where the tendon was removed.

Before surgery Pickle was unable to flex his knee.

After 6 weeks box rest, a programme of intensive ultrasound , steady walking and gentle flexions were implemented until the day he could fully flex and he was turned out to grass.

ELLIE

Ellie is a 20 year old Irish Cross mare who developed a sudden onset of lameness. After a referral to the vet she was diagnosed with a ruptured check ligament in her right fore.

After 6 weeks box rest and a course of medication the results were disappointing so Ellie was referred for an intensive course of ultrasound treatment.

The dark lesion is evident in the June scan with the further scans showing greater health and more organisation of the fibres.