Ligament Structure, Injury, and Recovery –
Former title: Stifle (Knee) Ligament Ruptures (Torn ACL, CCL) Information Overview.
The updated article is found here!
This is a piece I originally wrote for a client of Dr. Dennis Sundbeck, DVM, owner and practitioner at Round Rock Animal Hospital for 35 years.
Dr. Sundbeck retired in 2014, and passed away April 15, 2018. Our community remembers him fondly as we celebrate his life and contributions to many aspects of our Central Texas Community.
I remember Dr. Sundbeck specifically and warmly because he was possibly the first established, old school, veterinarian in my area to refer a case to me for non-surgical recovery of a torn knee ligament. I do not think he and I had been able to talk any prior to the referral, however he must have read the materials I dropped off at RRAH when I began my business in January, 2007, and evidently my methodologies made common and scientific sense to him.
I have always held that situation deep in my heart as a beacon to support my work to switch veterinary medicine off of the all-too-quick referrals to surgeons for injuries like torn ligament, torn meniscus, and “bad hips”. RRAH continued to support my rehabilitation practice over the years and often supplied my recovery booklets for their clients.
By the way, that case? Was a 2 yo in-tact male Chocolate Labrador hunting dog with extreme crate anxiety and parent-clients who both worked long hours in science-based jobs. I remain forever grateful for that referral.
(Updated April 18, 2018)