Saturday, December 27, 2008

Case Study on Colleen the Border Collie

Colleen is a 10 year old Border Collie who came to the hydro 3 weeks ago with calcification of her spine which has resulted in lameness in her left hind leg. If you look at the photo you can see the toe is turned under. She had no feeling in her foot when we first evaluated her. Colleen has been having weekly Photizo light therapy treatments and doing rehabilitative swimming as well.

Today when we tested her for feeling in her foot she felt the pressure for the first time. So exciting!!! This is after months of being lame. Michelle (the therapist) was also able to get Colleen to flatten the pad of her foot. Previously she had it turned back all the time. Hopefully this wonderfully intelligent and obedient girl can look forward to getting some function in the leg to take her through her retirement.

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