Canine Hip Dysplasia


Objective: Determine the effects of manual therapy on a canine with hip dysplasia,

Summary: The therapist is a student of massage therapy treating an 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Corgi mix diagnosed with canine hip dysplasia in 2013 on medication to deal with the pain. Hip dysplasia (HD) is a common inherited trait that affects the wellbeing of humans and dogs and can imposes a heavy financial and emotional burden. Current treatment options for human and canine HD or Osteoarthritis (OA) is limited to symptom management with medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) and hip replacement at end-stage degeneration. The therapist did a gait assessment and there was over firing of her gluteal and a favoring of the right side with her weight bearing.

Methods: Manual therapy was administered approximately 3 years after initial diagnosis; using trigger point protocols, friction and gliding strokes treatment session lasted between 30-45 minutes, two times for 5 consecutive weeks.

Results: Patient no longer needs NSAIDs to move, range of motion in hind legs has been fully restored, Her quality of life drastically increased.

Conclusion: Manual therapy techniques may be useful to decrease and help to manage the pain of hip dysplasia and increase the range of motion.

Keywords: Hip dysplasia, dog, canine, massage, and osteoarthritis