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What is it? What can be done about it?
The quadriceps combine into the patellar ligament, which inserts on the tibial crest. The patella itself lies in the trochlear groove of the femur.
Any of these components, either alone or in some combination, can effect the stability of the patella
"There are 4 types of patella luxations.
Of these, grades 3 and 4 require surgical correction. Up til now, grades 1 and 2, we merely "watched."
Quad = Four
The four heads of the quadriceps insert into the patellar ligament.
But how do we strengthen individual heads of the quads?
Using therabands, we can isolate individual heads of the quadriceps to strengthen the appropriate one via contractions. Strengthening the appropriate head will help increase patellar stability.
If your pet has been diagnosed with a patella luxation, call Valley Animal Hospital, EXT 320 for the Rehab Office, to set up your Rehab Informational Consult to learn these exercises that you can do at home for your pet.
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Each year 6 – 8 million cats and dogs enter the U.S. shelter system– fewer than half are lucky enough to find forever homes. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports spaying and neutering adds to the longevity of our furry pals with dogs living an average of 1 to 3 years longer and cats 3 to 5 years more by reducing the risk of certain cancers.
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