Disc Prolapse – Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc
A prolapsed disc, usually thoraco-lumbar, can be a hyper-acute and very painful condition, resulting in paralysis of the hind quarters, often affecting large bowel and bladder. This sudden loss of use is, of course, very frightening but it has to be said that the vast majority of cases we have seen have recovered excellent or good use of the hind legs, with normal bowel and bladder function. We are unable to claim the success to ourselves, since we do not know what would have happened to these dogs, had we not intervened. Surgery has not been necessary in these cases.
Less commonly, damage to an intervertebral disc can also be a slower affair, resulting in back pain and progressive impairment of hind limb movement and action.
If the disc damage occurs in the neck region (cervical disc prolapse), signs and symptoms will differ from the above and recovery has not been so straightforward.
Over the years, the most valuable treatments that we have found for the very many patients presented to us with pain, paralysis or handicap from disc disease has been homeopathic medication and Acupuncture or Acupuncture-by-LASER. Chiropractic manipulation (performed in an especially sensitive and gentle way for such patients) has also been very valuable. Diet work has also proved supportive.
We offer clients advice on management of lifestyle, during the healing phase.
N.B.: Our outcomes have not been so straightforward in post-surgical cases.
Treatment options used, often combined, have been veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, herbal medicine, LASER and natural feeding. Clearly, if a good outcome can be achieved in this way, it is a preferable alternative to surgery and drugs.
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