Degenerative Myelopathy

DM is a degenerative disorder of the spinal cord between the Thoracic vertebrae's and the Lumbar vertebrae's. The presenting conditions may start with hind weakness in one pelvic limb which gradually progress resulting in the hind leg being dragged. The dog will have no proprioception and nail scuffing will occur as a result. There will be an abnormal gait with the dogs walk being uncoordinated as the dog becomes less able to support its own weight and therefore be able to walk. As the condition progresses the dog will become incontinent.

We would use the treadmill to treatment DM because:

  • The buoyancy of the water supports the joints
  • It provides maximum flexion and extension of the limbs
  • Quickly increases muscle mass
  • Helps to strengthen core muscles and therefore can reduce incontinence
  • Re educates the gait pattern following the muscle atrophy in the fore or hind limbs
  • Provides an earlier return to activity
  • Very easy to observe the range of movement (ROM) through the glass sides
  • The dog is unable to cheat unlike in the pool where they have a tendency to tuck their hind legs up making it difficult to get a good rom.

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