Let's start by explaining what the CCL is...
A CCL tear could be due to slow wearing down of the ligament, happening overtime, gradually, and fully rupturing when it may seem like the dog wasn't doing anything to warrant the tear. However, there are instances where trauma and high forces traveling through the limb may be too great for even a healthy CCL to sustain and a rupture occurs. In these cases, the mechanism of injury is usually obvious (if witnessed) & the dog shows very obvious signs of a tear.
CCL tears lead to knee (stifle) instability and ultimately speed up the arthritic process in the affected joint. Dogs with untreated CCL tears are affected & limited by pain, arthritis, swelling, and difficulty doing all the things a dog should be able to do to live happy and healthy.
Research shows that physical rehabilitation is very successful in the management of CCL tears. If you suspect your dog has a CCL tear or have a confirm medical diagnosis, we can help you & your dog return to the activities you both love, thus improving your dog's quality of life.
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