Left Hindquarter lameness for 1 year –
14 days after epidural infiltration with ACS (Autologous Conditioned Serum) it was cured.
Argos had been showing lameness in the hind left leg for a year. This had been repeatedly examined and treated, but showed no improvement.
In December 2018 Argos was diagnosed as suffering from a partial cruciate ligament rupture. He underwent TPLO surgery (tibial plateau levelling osteotomy). After the operation, the lameness was better for a short time, but 4 weeks later it was fully present again. After 3 months the plate was removed, but no improvement of the lameness could be achieved. To be on the safe side, a CT study of the back and the knees was made, but this did not reveal any reason for the persistent lameness. The veterinarian attributed Argos’ lameness to osteoarthritis in the knee. Unfortunately, treatment with the usual joint remedies, followed by physiotherapy and a water treadmill for 7 months did not lead to any long-lasting improvement.
In January 2020, Argos was brought to my practice.
The findings of the orthopaedic examination
Argos shows a slope leg lameness rear left 5/6, runs in an outward position and - depending on the cadence and speed of the movement - starts to jump in the hindquarters. In the forehand he shows a pull-move, and while sitting he tilts the pelvis to the left.
The pelvic muscle mass on the left is strongly reduced. There is a difference of 3,5 cm muscle mass on the left side compared to the right hind leg. He also puts practically no weight on the back left. Argos carries the knee in a varus (bow-legged) position, but orthopaedically the knee is inconspicuous. The back, however, is very conspicuous, the pelvic axis is strongly asymmetrical and the lumbar spine deviates to the left (bent).