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Fractures

Broken or Fractured bones

 

Broken and fractured bones are one and the same thing. When the bone is partially or completely broken due to a traumatic event it is said to be fractured or broken. There are different classifications of break; complete, incomplete,simple and compound (or closed and open).

A traumatic event or impact is the primary cause for a broken bone. There may be pre-cursers to the dog fracturing the bone such as high levels of activity or aged bones but the actual break would be as a result of injury.

 

Symptoms

  • Pain – especially when moving
  • Swelling
  • Deformity at the site of injury
  • Reluctance to weight bear
  • Resistance to movement
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of blood to the extremities
  • Bleeding in the case of open/compound fractures
  • Bruising

    Benefits of massage

 

Once the dog has been treated by their veterinary surgeon they will benefit greatly from massage and there are a number of ways that massage will assist their recovery.

  • Speed recovery through lymphatic drainage/waste removal
  • Increases the circulation through the body
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Reduces aching
  • Reduces stiffness
  • Relieves areas of overcompensation on other limbs
  • Helps prevent scarring and adhesions
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Decreases occurrence of oedema (fluid build-up)
  • Reduces muscle wastage through increased nutrients
  • Promotes range of movement