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ACL Tears Part 1: Getting Confident with the Diagnosis

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Do you know ALL the key observation techniques, physical exam skills and radiographic interpretation to help you find ACL tears?  Here’s a hint: if you only diagnose ACL tears on dogs with a positive cranial drawer sign when the patient is awake, then you are missing the diagnosis at least 50% of the time.  Once you’ve made the diagnosis are you confident recommending surgery for your patient?  

In this 2 part series we review all things cruciate tears in dogs.  In Part 1 Dr. Dan highlights all of the observation, physical exam and radiology clues you MUST use to identify ACL tears and move beyond just the cranial drawer sign.

Tags: Orthopedic, orthopaedic, surgery, lame, rear, pelvic, limb, stifle, knee, ACL, CCL, anterior, cruciate, ligament, cranial, effusion, buttress, patella, sit test, drawer, cranial drawer, test, tibia, thrust, tibial thrust, partial

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Andrea Belcher

This is so helpful! I feel like the hardest part of CCL tears is having the confidence to tell their owner that the CCL is either partially or completely torn. There are a lot of great tips in this video to gain that confidence!