Learn How Prolotherapy Can Help Treat Cruciate Ligament Tears

A cruciate ligament tear, such as a torn ACL, is one of the most common injuries affecting older dogs. Cruciate ligament tears are not only extremely painful, but they can also severely compromise a pet’s natural range of motion, leading to hind lameness.

Royal Oak Veterinarian Answers Your Questions About Prolotherapy

Traditionally, invasive surgery has been the only effective option for cruciate ligament repairs. Thanks to new veterinary medicine developments, prolotherapy is a holistic treatment that is an effective alternative to surgery.

Below, our Royal Oak veterinarian answers three of your most frequently asked questions about prolotherapy.

How will a torn ligament, such as a torn ACL, affect my pet?

Torn ligaments are painful and restrict mobility. For example, the ACL stabilizes the tibia, femur and patella, three bones that meet in the knee joint. If the ACL tears, this stability is gone, which affects a dog’s ability to walk or move. Without effective treatment, a pet will suffer from significant pain.

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a holistic treatment that utilizes a series of injections to “tighten” the joints for enhanced stability. Injections are administered over the course of five or six sessions, with each session approximately three weeks apart. In addition to the injections, our Royal Oak veterinarian recommends complementary laser therapy to promote internal healing and stimulate tissue regeneration.

Is my pet a good candidate for prolotherapy treatment?

Traditionally, surgical treatments require three to six months of rehabilitative care. Due to this lengthy recovery process, veterinarians generally do not recommend surgery for older pets. Consequently, if your pet is older and suffers from a torn ligament or rear lameness, prolotherapy may be your pet’s best treatment option.

Even if your pet is younger and a good candidate for surgery, we recommend learning more about alternative treatments so you can make an informed decision regarding the best treatment for your pet’s health. Remember, every ligament tear is different, so what may be right for one dog may not be right for another.

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