What is Hip Subluxation?
Subluxation is the partial dislocation of a joint, the bone partially separates from the socket. Hip subluxation is one of the main symptoms in diagnosing hip dysplasia.
Signs of Hip Subluxation
- sudden onset of limping
- reluctance to walk or jump
- pain when touching or moving the joint
- swelling or warmth of the joint
- decreased appetite
- decreased activity
How to Treat Subluxated Hips
Non-Surgical and Conservative Management
Surgery is not the only way to treat hip subluxations in dogs. Conservative management, rehab therapy and the right assistive device can help to treat subluxating hips.
The hip joint can be reduced or set back into place for mild subluxation with the help of the Hip-EEZ Support System and the bridge attachment. The hip bridge was designed to directly over the femoral head of a dog's hip to provide cushion and compression. The gentle pressure helps to keep the femoral head in place instead of popping every time a dog steps. For best results, the hip bridge should be used during rehab sessions and during structured exercises. Treating a dog's hip subluxations through conservative management takes patience, regular exercise, and time.
How Does the Hip-EEZ Hip Bridge Work?
The bridge attaches to the inside of the Hip-EEZ Support System and should be placed directly over the joint. The Hip-EEZ support system is meant to adjust the femoral head over time to aide in mild hip subluxation and should be used with veterinary advice and in addition to physical therapy!
A more invasive but still non-surgical approach is a closed reduction. Your dog would be sedated and the Vet will manually move the femoral head back into place and held in position until it heals with slings, this is similar to how you would pop a dislocated joint into place for humans. A closed reduction will always be the 1st step in the treatment plan for hip subluxation.
Should a closed reduction approach be unsuccessful, your Vet will recommend an open reduction surgery. This procedure will be done under general anesthetic and the surgeon will reduce the size of the femoral head to allow it to connect with the pelvis. The surgeon will stabilize the joint with pins or screws so the joint will not come out of place.
Post op care after open reduction surgery is very important to regain full mobility for your dog. Be sure to follow your vets instructions and we have also created a post surgical care guide as well.