Dr Bill Ormston will begin this two-part webinar series by looking at the dog standing and sitting still before watching them walk, trot or run. He will cover some basic, but often overlooked issues that arise when dealing with movement in canine patients. The ability to identify some early signs of fatigue will help athletic patients avoid needless injuries.
Gait analysis is sometimes very frustrating, trying to chase down some elusive and complicated problems in our patients. Dr Ormston will explore how everything is connected and how if one part doesn’t work, nothing can move correctly. He will identify some areas that can be seen easily by an owner to help identify changes in gait before they cause lameness issues. Posture and gravity are often overlooked when searching for answers to musculoskeletal issues in canine patients, this will also be discussed.
Part One will cover the internal and external influences on gait and how they influence what we see when we examine the patient.
Part Two will focus on what we can do as practitioners to change the patient's gait through treatment. Also discussed are the reasons practitioners should evaluate gait in every patient we see, because of not only the gait issues themselves, but the clues a gait abnormality may give us in helping to diagnose other medical conditions in our patients.