The stifle or knee brace can help with the healing of the stifle joint due to injury or provide relief from degenerative joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis. The stifle/knee brace is primarily prescribed by veterinarians for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) injuries. The ACL/CCL controls the forward motion of the tibia (below the knee joint) in relation to the femur (above the knee joint). Whether your pet has a partial or full tear of the ACL/CCL, the stifle brace allows for healing of the ligament by controlling your pet’s knee range of motion. By limiting the flexion and extension motion at the knee, the ACL/CCL tear can then heal naturally. The brace’s design helps mimic the ACL/CCL by controlling the motion of the tibia in relation to the femur with articulated knee joints. The custom brace’s semi-rigid design provides pressure on front of the tibia and pressure along the back of the femur. The custom brace design provides a total contact fit that reduces the tendencies for rubbing and skin irritations.
Often a custom brace, in coordination with rehabilitation, can help the natural healing process. The brace design allows for the brace to be worn while performing underwater physical therapy.
Top Dog custom braces are made from a semi-rigid thermoplastic that allows your pet to get back to their active lifestyles, whether that is in a dry or wet environment. The semi-rigid material is durable and provides ample support for your pet’s rehabilitation needs. The braces come with removable interface that serves as padding and suspension aide for your pet’s comfort. The interface can be easily removed for cleaning and drying purposes.
Custom bracing is an effective alternative to surgery:
when the pet is unable to undergo surgery due to their age or other medical complications
for financial reasons
would like to try a conservative treatment before performing surgery
Custom bracing can also be used in aiding post-op healing.