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The OrthoPets stifle orthosis is one of our most popular devices. It’s ideal for cruciate and collateral ligament injuries where surgery isn’t an option for health or other reasons. The device can also be used in support of extracapsular imbrication techniques, especially in cases of larger dogs where sutures have a higher failure rates.
This stifle orthosis is also appropriate for mild to moderate (grade 1& 2) patella luxation cases. The brace allows for articulation along a normal plane while preventing rotational, medial/lateral and cranial/cruciate movement at the joint.
This unique animal orthosis uses force coupling to support the stifle joint — not a 3-point corrective system. Force coupling depends on normal contraction of the quadriceps, hamstrings and gastrocnemius.
In a weight-bearing stance, the proximal shell is pulled onto the thigh with the contraction of the quads and hamstrings making the proximal limb and shell one unit.
As the gastrocs contract, the distal shell is pulled onto the distal limb, again, forming a single unit. The anatomical and mechanical hinges are aligned and movement of the proximal and distal limb segments are limited by the mechanical hinge.
The gastroc contraction creates a caudally directed force against the proximal tibia, preventing painful drawer motion common in CCL injuries.
Cruciate and collateral ligament tears
Pivot shift instability
Tibial crest fractures
Luxating patella (up to Grade 2-3)