19 August 2015
Willows love to hear how their patients are recovering and a local referring practice has recently updated us on how Freya is getting on with her hydrotherapy sessions.
Hydrotherapy is an excellent form of non-weight bearing exercise and is a really good way to move joints without strain and build up or retain muscle bulk. Hydrotherapy can be a good way to assist in managing the conditions.
Many of our patients can benefit from hydrotherapy sessions at external centres and Freya is a great example of this.
August’s hydro pet of the month is Freya, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who is 9 months old. In April, at 5 months old, Freya began to limp on her front left leg. It did not improve on anti-inflammatory medication so her vet, Anita White recommended x-raying the leg to find out the cause. This revealed that Freya may have had a condition called Elbow Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP). Lameness and pain are caused by a loose bony fragment in the foreleg which affects the elbow joint. Freya was referred to Willows Referral Service where CT scans confirmed our diagnosis. Orthopedic surgery was performed to correct the condition and hydrotherapy recommended for controlled exercise to strengthen the muscles around her left elbow. It took Freya a couple of session to settle into her new exercise regime, and now really enjoys her visits to hydrotherapy. Over her 5 weeks of treatment her muscle strength has improved and when she returned to the referral centre for a repeat CT scan her surgeon was happy that Freya’s elbow was healing as it should. She will be able to return to normal activity in around 6 week’s time. So until then her owner will continue to bring Freya for weekly hydrotherapy.