Millie’s Story – Osteoarthritis


Millie is gorgeous little lady who previously underwent cranial cruciate AND luxating patella surgeries in both back legs. Your typical spaniel, Millie is a very active, spritely girl, but sadly her owners noticed her slowing down over the last couple of years. Unfortunately the vets diagnosed her with secondary arthritis in all 4 legs, her front legs being because of compensatory weight shifting after her surgeries. She was referred to REC Veterinary Physiotherapy for arthritis management and rehabilitation to help keep her comfortable and to slow the progression of the disease. Millie and her mum have been doing really well with her home treatments, and have been checking in regularly for MOTs and physiotherapy treatments. Now she is keeping up with her siblings and is living her life to the full!


How does physiotherapy help with osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a hugely underestimated condition in our pets affecting 4 out of 5 older dogs. The cause of osteoarthritis is widely unknown, but can affect any joint that has been damaged due to general wear and tear, injury, trauma, or surgery. Osteoarthritis is degenerative, meaning that sadly there is no cure, instead it slowly gets worse over time. Osteoarthritis is extremely painful, but physiotherapy can help ease their pain and discomfort and increase and maintain their strength, balance and coordination to keep them active for as long as possible.