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OA Doesn't Stand for "Old Age"...
...nor is it a "symptom of old age." Osteoarthritis (OA), or Degenerative Joint disease (DJD), can be defined as a degenerative disease that affects 1 or more joints resulting in pain, inflammation, and stiffness. This disease can affect dogs and cats at any age. Untreated it can lead to significant loss of mobility and a sharp decrease in the quality of life.
There are many possible treatment options if your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- mobility issues such as difficulty rising, walking, using stairs
- stiffness and/or limping
- decrease in activity
- lack of energy/interest in play
- muscle wasting
There are numerous management options for treatment of OA, which can be used alone or in any combination as seen fit by your veterinarian.
Treatment Options include:
*Laser therapy accelerates tissue repair and cell growth, reduces fibrous tissue formation, reduces inflammation, reduces pain, and increases circulation, which are all very helpful in the management of OA.
*Whirlpool with electric stimulation programs for pain control is used for total body pain relief treatment, and the warm water and jets increase circulation. Similar to you sitting in the hot tub for soreness with the added benefit of e-stim through the water.
*UWT, or the UnderWater Treadmill, is used to exercise animals while reducing the stress on the joints using the buoyancy of the water. This is especially useful for pets who have osteoarthritis, and may be unable to carry their entire body weight on their limbs. The warm water helps increase circulation and loosens muscles, ligaments, and tendons.