Chiropractic Care For Chihuahua Patella Luxation
There are four specific steps to treating Chihuahua patella luxation. They include trimming excess skin away from the joint, icing the area, applying a cortisone pain medication, and resting the Chihuahua. The first two steps are very similar for all types of leg problems with dogs.
However, one important thing to note is that for patella luxation the treatment must begin immediately after the dog has been lifted off the ground. This is because the inflammation can occur any time after the dog has been lifted. It is also important to treat the condition as soon as possible because any rest only leads to more swelling.
The second treatment is the use of an ice pack.
An ice pack kept at room temperature can help reduce the swelling of the knee cap. Another way to ease the pain is with heat. An owner can wrap the Chihuahua in a soft towel, cover them with an ice pack or place a hot water bottle on them. Owners should be sure not to leave the dog alone in the cold. Heated items will only make the issue worse.
Knee caps are sometimes called “der bolo-chi ist” (burned place) and sometimes called “der reisekarten ist” (red area). This term refers to the red area surrounding the kneecap and the joint. The term Chihuahua patella luxation is also used to refer to this problem. When the skin of the kneecap is exposed, a red band is typically present on the skin over the kneecap and surrounding the joint.
These problems are generally seen more in male dogs than female dogs.
Owners should be aware that this condition can be inherited. It is genetic in nature. If dogs pass on the genetic problem, they will most likely have it as well. Owners should take precautions when introducing new dogs to ensure they do not pick up the disorder.
One of the methods dog owners use for treatment is chiropractic therapy. The owner places their pet under a sideways position while the chiropractor applies pressure to the affected area. Other techniques, the chiropractor may use include manual adjustments, ultrasound, electrotherapy, laser therapy, and manual manipulation. This type of treatment should only be performed by trained professionals with knowledge of how the vertebrae of the animal are positioned and manipulated properly.
Some dogs have been known to contract pyogenic granuloma, which is a disease of the bone marrow.
This is a form of hemangioma and treatment should be done only by a doctor. Other problems common in Chihuahuas are hip dysplasia, acidosis, malformations of the knee cap, and elbow dysplasia. A good rule of thumb is to never let your Chihuahua jump up into your arms. Jumping up and down often breeds the patella tendonitis into place.
Another common method for treatment of this condition is acupuncture. This involves inserting thin sterile needles into specific points on the skin of the lower leg or thigh. The idea is to stimulate the meridian points on the surface of the skin so that the blood flow increases and helps the tissues to mend the affected structures. Other options include physical therapy, ointments, compression stockings, and orthotics. It is always best to start treatment early enough and let the immune system do the work to prevent a more serious problem from developing.
Chiropractic and physical therapy treatments to treat the conditions of patella luxation are very successful.
In fact, most chiropractors use the technique of spinal manipulation to treat the condition. Exercises are also often recommended to help the body return to its normal range of motion. Chiropractic care is often much cheaper than surgery and doesn’t have the same risks as drugs. Treatment options will depend on the severity of the condition and the age of the Chihuahua.