Tip 1: What is the leading reason for lameness in dogs- that’s right, cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease!
Approximately 70% of dogs presented for hind limb lameness that weigh more than 18kg are most likely to suffer from a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament.
Tip 2: The importance of the CCL
The CCl is composed of two parts:
1. The craniomedial band – this band is taut in flexion and extension
2. A larger caudolateral band – the band is taut only in extension
The CCL limits internal rotation of the tibia relative to the femur to stabilize the knee in extension. Ruptures occur when the breaking strength of the ligament is exceeded. The breaking strength is thought to be four times the weight of the dog.
Tip 3: Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
By advancing the tibial tuberosity cranially to the point where the patellar tendon and tibial plateau are perpendicular to each other in a standing angle of the canine stifle, the quadriceps can only pull the tibia caudally, eliminating cranial thrust and converting it to caudal thrust….thus creating a “cruciate ligament”
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