I joined this community because my 3-year-old Lab, Jackson, was just diagnosed with a partial cruciate ligament tear. The vet receommended surgery, and said it didn’t need to be done right away, but eventually it would. After going home upset at the though of putting my poor baby under the knife, I began researching other options. Conservative management was something I had never heard of, but it seems like the right choice for us at this point.
Jackson is not in pain, he can bear weight and he’s just a crazy 3 year old. The only time he limps is after a big run…which has been extremely limited. We have restricted his exercise to just walks–no off leash play/running. I massage his leg in the evenings and he will be starting hydrotherapy and laser treatments in the next week or so. I will be adding omega 3 supplements to his diet. Treatment isn’t cheap, but a lot less than the quoted surgery. I will keep everyone posted with our progress and hope this heals….thanks for reading!
UPDATE – 6/8:
We completed 5 weeks (11 treatments) of water therapy and laser. I was giving Jackson two Glycoflex tabs a day for 6 weeks, and have moved him to 1 per day for maintenance. I also put him on Yucca Intensive drops as an anti-inflammatory. He’s doing great! He has a small run in the morning and has not limped for a few weeks, no lameness, and can bare complete weight on his leg. We are gradually increasing his running time, but still taking it easy to avoid having any setbacks.
We did a run on the trails a few weeks ago and he over did it, as he was limping for the remainder of the day…the next day he was fine. I’ve thrown the ball for him in the yard, and again, no pain, no limping.
I am happy I chose the conservative management approach instead of surgery, as it can be the solution for most (not all) cases. We were lucky as this was just a partial tear, otherwise with a full tear, I would have probably done the surgery.