Surgical and Non-Surgical ACL/CrCL Treatment Options For Your Dog or Cat
If you notice your dog or cat limping or holding one of their back legs off the ground, your pet might have an injury to their Cranial Cruciate Ligament – also known as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL. Until quite recently, the only treatment options were expensive surgeries, but times have changed, and there are now less expensive and perfectly viable non-surgical treatment options.
About Anterior and Cranial Cruciate (ACL or CrCL) Ligament Injuries in Pets
Cranial Cruciate Ligament (aka Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL) injuries occur in pets more often than most people believe. Pet Health Insurance Companies report that ACL and CrCL injuries are the single highest covered condition treatment reported by pet owners. Although none have been definitively confirmed, there have been several factors that been attributed to be possible causes of ACL and CrCL injuries such as; breed predispositions, body condition, activity level, athletic prowess, nutrition, age and early spay or neuter.
For Many years, ACL and CrCL Injuries have been believed to be caused solely by a catastrophic injury, we now know that a minor sprain, strain, or tear can lead to inflammation, osteoarthritis, and further degeneration of the structure until total rupture may occur. This is how a pet can have a diagnosis of a more severe ACL and CrCL injury without any previous sign of limping, or catastrophic injury.
At Brockton Animal Hospital, our veterinarians have a wealth of experience in both surgical and non-surgical treatment of CrCL/ACL injuries and disease.
Non-Surgical ACL/CrCL Treatment Options
In the past, surgical repair of ACL or Cranial Cruciate Ligament injuries was the only option. We now know that for most partial tears, it’s best to manage and treat the injury or chronic condition with less invasive non-surgical treatments, sometimes alone, or in conjunction with another Non-Surgical Treatment method. Although surgical treatment may be necessary for a complete rupture of the ACL or CrCL, Brockton Animal Hospital has excellent success rates with the following non surgical treatment methods:
- Photobiomodulation (PBMT) previously known as LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy)
- Physical Therapy
- Restricted activity
- Weight Loss
Surgical ACL/CrCL Treatment Options
Our veterinarians have had remarkable success combining multiple non-surgical treatments. However, there are some cases, for instance, total rupture of the CrCL or ACL where we need to resort to a more invasive, surgical treatment.
At Brockton Animal Hospital, we offer the following surgical treatments to repair more severe injuries to your pet’s CrCL/ACL:
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
- Extra Capsular or Lateral Suture Repair
Your Brockton Animal Hospital doctor of veterinary medicine will thoroughly evaluate your pet’s ACL/CrCL, so you can determine which treatments are best for your dog or cat and whether non-surgical methods or a more invasive solution is necessary.