Breezing (relatively speaking) Through Nightmare of ACL Repair
My majestically athletic, exuberant Weimaraner Maisie made it all the way to age six before she tore her ACL ligament in May. I had been living in absolute dread of it tearing for months before it happened. I was doing everything I could to protect her sore knee — weekly acupuncture, bi-monthly chiropractic adjustments, TRP-Tri-COX joint supplement, Platinum Performance supplement, cold laser, and ElleVet Sciences CBD oil.
But she was an unstoppable force of nature when she revved her engines and — as an expression of pure joy at being alive and pleasure in the power and speed of her own body — she would take off in big, looping figure-of-eight circles at 25 miles an hour. She used her favorite humans as the center point of the circle, just barely grazing your leg as she whizzed past and changed direction to the next circle. (By the way, Healthy Paws pet insurance paid 90% of nearly every single one of those treatment modalities, including the MRI of her spine which was done early and x-rays of her leg. We’re talking close to $9,000 before her ACl even tore). [PLEASE get pet insurance for your pets, I beg you once again.]
Inevitably, her knee defied my efforts and two months ago, as I was gardening, she took off on her high-speed circles and her knee gave way. Suddenly, she had only three usable legs.
I was horrified by the prospect of the ACL surgical repair, which i have been through with more dogs than I care to count. The bone is cut, a lot of metal hardware is screwed into it, and the dog has a swollen leg too painful to step on for weeks and weeks, needing support just to stand and go out and relieve himself. With almost total house arrest for two months, except for bathroom breaks, eventually the leg heals and the dog is left with an “okay” knee joint after a total of 4 months recuperation. In 50% of cases, the dog’s other ACL tears, but I’ve always wondered if it was because of the additional stress and strain on it of supporting all the weigh for so many months?
However, happiest of happy news: we had a different and much, much better outcome this time. Maisie began putting weight on that leg within 10 days, “toe-touching.” Within two weeks she was carefully walking on it. I had to visit Dr. Bo Bergman at West Mountain Vet Hospital because part of the incision wasn’t healing, and he was really surprised she was putting any weight on the leg at all. On an extendable leash I walked her increasing amounts each day because she could, and wanted to — which is not common practice, as vets usually insist on pretty much crating/caging the patient for nearly the full 8 weeks post-surgery. I decided to let common sense by my guide and let her tell me how much she could comfortably do, while keeping her muscles strong.
At four weeks post-surgery I stopped the pain medication she had also been getting. She kept on walking and trotting on the leash and was not lame or limping at all. I believe this remarkable recovery had to be due to the ElleVet CBD oil. What else was different from the other five ACL surgeries I’ve lived through with previous dogs? The surgery has not changed in decades — although each year I have kept interviewing Dr. Rob Hart at the Animal Medical Center in New York City HERE, and HERE, hoping there would be a less invasive and easier-to-recover-from repair of the ACL, but it hasn’t happened.
I am giving credit for Maisie’s brilliant recovery to the large dose of CBD oil from ElleVet Sciences she’s gotten at both meals from the moment she tore the knee. I’d had her on the maintenance dose of a few drops per meal when her knee was just sore, but I learned from ElleVet Sciences (which is a sponsor of DOG TALK) that there was a new clinical trial studying pain management post-ACL surgery in dogs. I learned what that dose was and immediately put Maisie on it. My vet, who has just begun trying that CBD oil on patients, said they hoped Maisie would be their “poster dog” to convince themselves — not just owners — of how useful it could be to their senior arthritic or post-surgical dogs. At the 8-week post-op x-ray visit yesterday, my vet, Linda Morris at West Mountain Animal Hospital, was amazed at how much Maisie was using all four of her legs. “So she’s The Dog you can use as proof that CBD works!” I said.
I sure don’t wish this problem on any dog, but ACL tears are so common that I really hope if it happens to you that you will ask your vet to get you this CBD oil made and measured just for pets.
We’ll be off and running before long now!
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Use CBD To Fight With ACL Injury
ACL, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, injury is an injury in which your knee ligaments are critically damaged. For better understanding let’s dive little deeper. Our Knee Joint has a bone structure which is formed by femur, patella, and tibia. The knee is held together with the help of lateral collateral ligaments (LCL), medial collateral ligaments (MCL), posterior cruciate ligaments (PCL), and anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). ACL is present in the middle of the knee which prevents the tibia from moving away from the femur. ACL also provides stability for knee movement. Our knee has a weight bearing surface which is covered by a layer of articular cartilage. The menisci act as shock absorbers and reduce the stress between femur and tibia.
The ACL injury is the most common injury of the ligaments in the knee. If you are involved in sports such as basketball, football, baseball, and skiing then you have a higher risk of ACL injury. In ACL injury, different parts of the knee joint are affected. Today in this article you will read all about the role of CBD in treating ACL injuries.
Symptoms Of ACL Injury
The common signs and symptoms of an ACL injury are as follows-
- Limited motion
- Popping sound or sensation in the knee
- Difficulty in walking
- Severe pain which increases with time
Possible Causes Of ACL Injury
Ligaments are strong tissues which connect one bone to another. ACL is the ligament and when this ligament is affected then you suffer from the ACL injury. Below there are some possible causes of the ACL injury.
- Sudden change in walking direction
- A sudden blow to knee
- Awkward landing after jumping
- Injury from sport activity
What is CBD or Cannabidiol?
CBD is a natural chemical compound which is extracted from the hemp plants through a different process. Extracted CBD has no strain of THC which makes it completely non-psychoactive in nature. With extensive research, scientists have stated that CBD is rich in different therapeutic properties such as anti-pain, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammation, anti-stress. One of the best thing about CBD is that it is obtained in different forms such as oil, wax, tincture, and isolate.
Role Of CBD In ACL Injury
In ACL Injury you suffer from pain, stiffness, and swelling. CBD is rich in anti-pain and anti-inflammation properties which makes it beneficial against ACL injuries. Our body has an endocannabinoid system and different receptors such as CB1 and CB2 receptors. The main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis of your body by regulating chemical reaction. When you consume CBD it interacts with this endocannabinoid system and reduces the chemical reaction which causes pain.
You can also use CBD topicals to get relief from pain, swelling, and inflammation. You can directly apply CBD topicals over the affected area to get its benefits. You can also use CBD oil in your food and drink as a supplement or you can orally consume it just by dropping a few drops of under your tongue. Consuming CBD in the vapor form is the quickest way to get benefit from CBD. If you are suffering from which is not letting you sleep then vaping is the quickest way to get relief from pain.
Follow R.I.C.E In ACL Injury
When suffering from ACL you suffer from chronic pain and swelling. It is better to follow R.I.C.E therapy in which rest, use of ice, compression, and elevation is involved. Rest is compulsory, use ice to massage the affected area for 20 minutes it will reduce swelling and inflammation from the affected area. Use band to compress and wrap the knee it will provide proper support. Whenever you lie down to use the pillow to keep your knee in propped position.
I have suffered from the ACL injury and CBD is the one that helped me. It provided me relief from pain, swelling, and even stress. The best thing was that I had zero side-effects from CBD.
In this article, you will find all the essential information related to CBD and ACL injury. By following other treatment option such as R.I.C.E you can also elevate the symptoms of ACL injury.