Charlie’s Story – Hock Instability

Charlie is a gorgeous young man who is a little bit accident prone. One day whilst playing with his sisters, he tripped in a rabbit hole and hurt his back leg. After investigations at his fantastic vets, he was diagnosed with instability of the hock.


We treated Charlie with a combination of manual therapies, red light photobiomodulation therapy and strengthening exercises to help the joint structures recover and increase the stability of the joint. After hard work and amazing 5 star dedication from his mum, Charlie was discharged from rehab after 12 short weeks and has never looked back! Massive congratulations to Charlie and his mum, keep up the good work.


Charlie’s fabulous mum, Jo, says:

“His daily massages are his favourite part of his day! If I’ve neglected my duty, he just lies across me on the sofa until I comply!”


How can physiotherapy help with joint instability?

Joint instability is caused by injury or laxity of the ligaments and tendons surrounding the joint, making it difficult for it to remain stable. Instability can lead to abnormal wear and tear of the joint cartilage, predisposing them to secondary conditions such as arthritis.

Joint instability can be incredibly painful and if left to it’s own devices, the joint will heal weak and prone to reinjury. Physiotherapy assists in the initial stages of healing, providing pain relief whilst allowing any scar tissue to form in the correct alignment to help the tissues remain strong and flexible. In the later stages, a tailored exercise programme helps increase the strength and stability of the joint and associated muscles whilst increasing your pets all around core strength, balance and proprioception to keep them fit and strong so that they don’t become injured again in the future.