Mobility assessment is performed for patients that are injured or who are suspected of having pain when they move. Young, energetic pets often become acutely lame as a result of an active lifestyle. Whereas, senior pets are often evaluated as their gait becomes slow and stiff with age. In most cases of lameness, pain is involved and, the degree of pain experienced is unique to the individual's situation.
Our doctors use a systematic approach to lameness evaluation which include any or all of the following:
observation of the patient's posture when standing still
analysis of the step/gait at a walk and/or light jog
digital palpation (feeling the sore area with light finger pressure)
checking the range of motion through manipulation
making use of imaging such as X-rays
Once a diagnosis is made, various treatment options are discussed with you. Our aim is to ease or eliminate your pet's pain and return him or her to a reasonable level of fitness. We can accomplish this through any one or a combination of the following:
restriction or modification of exercise routines
anti-inflammatory and pain medications
If you are concerned about your cherished pet's ease of movement, please contact us today to schedule a mobility assessment.