What is a luxating patella?
A normal healthy knee bends and the kneekep cap slides up and down the groove. However, when the kneecap slips out of the groove, this is not healthy and is called a luxating patella.
When this happens, it stops the knee from bending, causes a limp and rubs past the bone as it slips, which over time, can cause pain and arthritis
Patella luxation can affect one or both knees, and varies from grade 1 to grade 4 in dogs.
It can also be present in horses, known as 'sticky stifle', and can be due to growth spurts, conformational faults, abnormal stifle angulation, a sudden growth spurt and pregnancy.
How can Physio help?
Rehabilitation can promote a more rapid return to normal function by
Maintaining normal range of motion in the joints
Maintaining or increasing muscle development
Improving balance and co-ordination.
Speed up recovery and increase the likelihood of an excellent outcome.