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Tip 1: Veterinarians often struggle with determining the actual source of a forelimb lameness. Patients often present with normal radiographs and a subtle lameness. Using physiotherapeutic evaluation techniques, veterinarians can now determine whether the lameness is the result of an impairment in the muscle belly, muscle-tendon interface, tendon-bone interface, joint capsule, or collateral ligaments.

Tip 2: Improper arthrokinematics cause a lack of normal range of motion. Understanding correct arthrokinematics is essential to regaining appropriate range of motion.

Tip 3: Flexibility refers to the elastic potential of muscle/tendon units. Hypomobility refers to arthrokinematic impairment. Treatment for the two is very different, but both must be addressed to regain normal function of any joint.

Tip 4: Therapeutic exercise programs can focus on eccentric and/or concentric movements. Understanding when a patient is capable of progressing from one to the other is key to maximizing their return to normal function and strength.

If you’d like to learn more, join Vetprac and The Canine Rehabiliation Institute 30th July – 3rd of August and register for the five day Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation Workshop. This workshop is the first in a series of 3 workshops that will lead you to becoming a CCRT certificate holder with the internationally acclaimed Canine Rehabilitation Institute.