Stifle Orthotics – Alternative Options to CCL Surgery

by Colleen Lum, LVT, CCRA

We like having options don’t we? And nowadays we are looking for alternative options not only for ourselves, but for our furry  family members as well. However, even though there may be an alternative, it does not mean that it is the best choice for everyone. Today we are going to discuss stifle orthotics, its pros and cons, and what to expect when pursuing this route!

How does a stifle orthotic work?

When our dogs tear the cranial cruciate ligament in their stifle (knee) it creates instability and pain because the lower half of the stifle slides forward whenever the dog bears weight on the leg.  A stifle orthosis, when fitted properly, prevents this movement by stabilizing the joint externally, rather than stabilizing internally such as with surgery. Continue…