There are several shoulder disorders which can be responsible for front leg lameness in our pets. The most common of these conditions include: osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), biceps tendinopathy, supraspinatus tendinopathy, shoulder instability, and dislocation.
Osteochondritis Dissecans is a condition where a flap of cartilage becomes elevated from the underlying bone. When this occurs inflammation, additional cartilage damage, arthritis, and pain ensue. This is most commonly diagnosed in young large breed dogs. The treatment for shoulder OCD involves removal of the abnormal flap of cartilage and treatment of the cartilage defect. Arthroscopic treatment of shoulder OCD is the preferred technique. Due to being minimally invasive, arthroscopy greatly reduces surgical trauma and postoperative discomfort.
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