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Old 20-04-2017, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 4yr old black lab Theo, has been suffering from what my vet and referral vet believe is a shoulder injury, most likely his biceps tendon. His symptoms are intermittent lameness on his right leg, made worse after vigorous exercise. We've had a number of rest and rehabilitation periods, only for the lameness to return. Has anyone got any advice or experience of this condition or surgery on the biceps tendon?
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Old 21-04-2017, 09:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry Jackie, no. I'm guessing as he's been referred that ED has been eliminated. If the tendon has actually separated then I fear it will be an operation to re-join followed by a long job of crate rest to heal. With a minor tear tendons will normally heal without an operation, but again it's a long job with no strenuous exercise. But you will need to be guided by your specialist.

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Has your specialist checked for OCD of the shoulder? Its actually much more prevalent than vets seem to realise in labradors!
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That does seem more likely Jill, but would a specialist miss it??

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It depends whether just xrays have been taken. It may need scans and/or MRI to diagnose correctly. It is being missed. Without naming anyone I was asked my opinion on a limping chocolate labrador recently. I believe the lameness had been being investigated for around 10 month and nothing found! The dog was trotted up for me and I said well its definitely shoulder. I was again told this had been looked at. I said I'd lay my money on OCD of the shoulder. I had a phone call a little later to say I was absolutely correct. The dog has now been operated on and I believe is sound.
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My two see a brilliant veterinary physiotherapist who I'm sure would know the tendons and muscles on a dog well enough to check/confirm the suspected soft tissue diagnosis. She only works on a dog with the agreement of a vet so I'd suggest asking if your vet could suggest a vet physio for him or would they be happy for him to see a physio.
https://www.irvap.org.uk/find-a-therapist

Have the vet/specialist suggested surgery?

Have to say that bone fragments were found in Luna's elbow via arthroscopy and couldn't be seen on an xray.
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Just noticed you are in Leics so can directly point you in the direction of our great physio.
My two highly recommend her:
https://www.vvphysiotherapy.co.uk/
based in Melton Mowbray.
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Firstly thanks to everyone for taking the time to offer advice, it is much appreciated. Theo has had X-rays and CT scans on both elbows and shoulders. He has got some early signs of ED on one elbow but not the leg he is lame on and nothing apparent in shoulders. Joint fluid has been taken from shoulder which was clear, but there was more fluid than expected which vet said could indicate inflammation around tendon. He had a steroid injection into joint followed by rest and restricted exercise. Next step is physio/hydrotherapy. Unsure however of the capabilities of tendons to heal.
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Have to say tendons aren't things I know much about other than my Dad tearing his achilles tendon and needing it surgically fixing as it was torn so badly with blood pooling in the gap so it wasn't going to heal itself. They checked the tendon damage with ultrasound imaging so I wonder if that could be used to see the tendon in question in Hugo? Maybe?
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I have the idea that a little tendon damage can heal itself but I really don't know for sure!
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Thanks for recommendation of the physio you use. Have had a quick look at website, which mentions hydrotherapy coming soon. Do you happen to know when that might be?
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