Hip Dysplasia

Massage Therapy provides the following benefits for dogs suffering from Hip Dysplasia;

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Hip Dysplasia is potentially debilitating orthopedic condition which is common in dogs, it is a polygenic condition which can also be affected by environmental factors for instance injury or poor diet during the growth phase, it is more common within larger breeds of dog with some breeds such as the German shepherd and Labrador Retriever suffering higher incidence.

The term Dysplasia means abnormal growth, in basic terms Hip dysplasia means that the ball joint does not fit snuggly into the socket thus causing friction and damage to occur as a result. This damage can lead to Osteoarthritis or degenerative bone disease with the level of severity of the condition varying according to the level of deformity in the Coxofemoral or hip joint which may vastly differ on each side. Bony spurs may form as the body tries to stabilise the joint.

In unaffected dogs the spherical end of the femur fits snugly into the Acetabulum both of which are covered with cartilage, animals with dysplastic hips differ in that the head of the femur does not fit into the Acetabulum due to the femur being misshapen and the Acetabulum being shallow as opposed to smooth and round.

The BVA hip scoring scheme supported by the Kennel Club examines radiographs of dogs hips assessing them on 9 different anatomical features and giving a numerical score based upon the level of malformation present. The score for each hip is between 0 – 53 giving an overall total of between 0 – 0 and 53 – 53 making 106 with the higher the score meaning the higher degree of hip dysplasia and likelihood of secondary deterioration.