OrthoPets Hobble Vest Medial Shoulder Instability
Medial shoulder instability in the dog can be likened to “rotator cuff” injury in humans. The most commonly injured structure is the medial glenohumeral ligament. This injury presents as a mild to moderate lameness made worse after exercise. The injury can be caused by repeated stress in sporting and athletic dogs or by sprawling out with legs wide when slipping in senior dogs. Diagnosis is made by a veterinarian skilled in manipulation of the shoulder after ruling out more common causes of thoracic limb injury
- Activity restriction
- Limiting abduction (limb moving away from midline). The OrthoPets hobble vest holds the injured limb in alignment beneath the shoulder to prevent abduction.
- Arthroscopy, shockwave therapy, and LASER are used in some cases
- Professional rehabilitation significantly aids recovery