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Old 04-24-2013, 06:24 PM
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Not really, ime of resting/rehabbing my dogs, but I would seriously consult a rehab vet if its a reoccurring injury. You'd be shocked what is and is not ideal for coming back from particular injuries, I know I have been.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:29 PM
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Not really, ime of resting/rehabbing my dogs, but I would seriously consult a rehab vet if its a reoccurring injury. You'd be shocked what is and is not ideal for coming back from particular injuries, I know I have been.
I mean, should I contact a rehab vet BEFORE going to MSU? Do you think they're going to see something my vet didn't or have more ideas that wouldn't be necessary to take to the university?
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:54 PM
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Contact a rehab vet now and see what their availability is like, tell them the date of your MRI, and see what they suggest.

It is almost certain they will want you to get the MRI, and may want to schedule your appointment out until you have had the MRI done and gotten the results back.

They may suggest you come in and see if they determine anything without the MRI.

Or they may just be booked out anyway.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:06 PM
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if a good rehab vet is anything like a good human ortho and rehab doctor, they should have a plan of action well before an MRI is done if at all except in a small number of conditions. For example, a 50 year old woman with shoulder pain and reduced ROM with failed ortho tests. Even with a full thickness tear of the Supraspinatus (rotator cuff muscle) an MRI most likely wouldn't be done until a course of other conservative care was completed. Like 4-8 months worth. whether I do it now or later really makes no difference other than to your pocketbook. If I do it now, I don't need it now, If I wait till later, I might not need it.

Where as an exam showing a tear of the subscap would be an immediate referral for MRI and surgery as that muscle retracts rather quickly and if you wait a few weeks There is no other muscle support for those actions when that muscle tendon tears like there is for the other 3 rotator muscles.

I'd go see a good rehab person before going on the advice of anybody else. Most MD's will send someone for an MRI today with drop arm sign and shoulder pain and refer right to surgery. Thats' 20 year old thinking. It takes a while for non specialists to catch up. right or wrong, it's how it is.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:11 PM
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Agree with everyone, get to a rehab vet. Many, many years ago, Petie hit an agility jump standard, yelped, limped and 30 seconds later was fine. I stopped all training and with my race horse experience watched him like a hawk. Yep saw he was slightly off, made an appointment with my vet. Vet said my dog was fine, refused to take any x rays and told me to carry on as normal.

I walked out highly annoyed at myself for going to a regular vet in the first place, wasting my money. Took him to sports med vet/chiro, had x rays done which showed his pelvis was out by almost a 1/4 inch. We continued with crate rest, meds, hand walking and chiropractic adjustments for 2 months. Then slowly increased with a very careful conditioning program and rehab with continued vet care for another 3 months. He has never been lame on it since. And he competed to a national level and did well in agility until he was 13 yrs of age. Injury happened when he was a year old.

It is the same with racehorses and performance horses...skip the local vet and head to the specialists, in the end it is faster and cheaper.
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I can say that it took 4 different vets to finally diagnose LoLa. My regular vet, an ortho, a sport/rehab vet and a chiropractor. You bet your ass as soon as she started limping, we did some major resting and other things till we pin pointed the exact problem.

A limping puppy is one that I'd be very careful with. Doesn't matter how long they limped it matters that it is happening, any of mine would be going to s sport vet asap and would have a treatment plan in place NOW. I live 2 1/2-4 hours from the nearest ortho or sports rehab vet. It saved my dogs life going to them cause she was so bad off within 2 weeks, I wasn't sure what would happen. It all started with a little limp that was carefully addressed from the beginning, had I been non chalant, it could have ended my dogs life.
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RTH has a VERY good point; a good rehab vet consult is going to be a LOT cheaper than an MRI and may result in better outcomes, too. Last I checked MRIs are several grand and that's without a treatment plan for whatever you find on MRI.
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An MRI here is 3500$ for dogs.
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An MRI here is 3500$ for dogs.
I am honestly unsure if I could even afford that. Wow.
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Talked to my agility trainers and decided a second opinion/rehab/sports vet would be a good idea first... Got a great referral the other day to a place about an hour and a half north of here, did some research on the doctor there that specializes in sports medicine and rehab, and called this morning. Only to find out that she had emergency back surgery this week and is going to be out of practice until June at the earliest. So, they took my information anyway and are going to see if they can't find another doctor within a couple hours from me that does the same thing.

I'm going to check the other link now for vets and see what that gives me.

eta; found another vet through Boston's link... got an appointment for Monday about an hour North. We'll see how this goes!

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I am honestly unsure if I could even afford that. Wow.
Yeah, I'm set to pawn my camera and get some loans for it if we decide to go that route. And I've applied for a fourth job. :/
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