Hey everyone, today we want to discus all the different bracing myths out there, and try to clarify some of them. There is a lot of information out there, and sometimes it is difficult to sort through what is accurate, and what is false.
Myth #1: Braces cause muscle wasting and atrophy
Truth: It is actually the opposite. Unlike with surgery, with bracing your dog can immediately start placing full weight on their injured leg. This stops the overcompensating on the opposite side, and lets them begin using that thigh muscle again. Because they are able to place weight again on the injured leg, they are able to start strengthening that thigh muscle.
Myth #2: Bracing Causes Arthritis
Truth: Bracing does not cause arthritis, the movement going on in the knee is what will cause arthritis. So, doing nothing will probably end up causing arthritis to form down the road. With bracing, we are stopping that movement, holding the knee where it needs to be in order for scar tissue to form adequately. This process takes about 9-12 months. There is no evidence that shows bracing causes more arthritis than surgery.
Myth #3: Braces will always slip down
Truth: Although some companies experience this with their braces, here at Posh we do not. Our brace has several components that help to keep the brace up, without straps or slings. We have a hock wrap around the ankle, then the brace attaches to the front of the hock wrap, and we have 3 straps holding up the brace. When things are properly adjusted, there is no sliding.
Myth #4: Is there a Guarantee my dog will fully recover
Truth: There is not a brace company that can guarantee that a dog will fully recover, just like with surgery there is no guarantee that your dog will not have lameness. We do the best we can with bracing, physical therapy, and supplements.
Myth #5: I hear bracing is forever, we need to always use the brace for the rest of my dog’s life
Truth: Most patients use the brace for 9-12 months. Once we hit the 12 month mark, we can usually start weaning out of the brace, depending on the initial injury. Meniscus tears may need a little longer than just a CCL tear. If your dog has arthritis present when you start bracing, you may want to use the brace a bit longer.