Soft Tissue Repairs
Let's face it. Our pets love to jump, run, leap and pounce to show their exuberance and enthusiasm. But one wrong turn can also leave an animal with a muscle sprain or strain, or a more serious soft tissue injury.
If you've ever dealt with the above scenario, you know these types of injuries in pets can range from mild to severe. When your pet develops a limp, it's a sign of pain and they should be examined.
Here at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Crossville, Tennessee, we provide urgent care for injuries and medical emergencies, including soft tissue repairs.
What are Soft Tissues?
Just like in humans, soft tissues in pets are a group consisting of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. As a group, their functionality is important because they all work together. Tendons attach muscle to bones, and ligaments connect one bone to another.
When your pet suffers a soft tissue injury, swelling and pain typically occur at the injury site. Unfortunately, pets are good at hiding pain and a soft tissue injury can range from very mild bruising to a sprain or strain. In the worst cases, it can even mean a tear or rupture and surgery may be required to repair the damage.
How Are Soft Tissue Injuries Diagnosed and Treated?
Anytime your pet is limping, has swelling or can't fully bear weight on a leg, a trip to the veterinarian is necessary. There, the vet can understand and determine how the injury developed and how it affects the health and function of your pet's limb and/or body.
Here at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, our doctors have training in various manipulative techniques to help diagnose soft tissue injuries. In addition, we have state-of-the-art equipment and submit X-rays to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for a full diagnosis. We also use ultrasound imaging to view soft tissues.
If your pet needs a referral to a specialist, we can put you in touch with those who are experts in anatomy and the structural relationships of soft tissues. These doctors will be able to utilize their knowledge, combined with more various surgical and physiotherapy techniques to get your pet on the road to good health.
Call Us Today For Soft Tissue Repairs
While some soft tissue injuries can heal on their own to near-original strength, others heal poorly and need something beyond a traditional approach. Contact Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Crossville today at 931-459-2006. We can talk to owners about our brand of treatment and other options, including regenerative medicine used to stimulate healing. With proper care, your pet will be back on four paws in no time.