January 2015 VMC Pain Management Patient of the Month

Stuart Stuart's Story:

My name is Stuart . . I am a seven year old male neutered Cockapoo and a VMC alumnus having undergone surgery, post-op rehab and now VSMT (Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy). I would love to share my story with you. . . . I was adopted through PAWS Across Oswego County when I was eight months old. Before I turned two, mom and dad noticed persistent, sometimes acute instances of pain impacting my mobility. Increasing frequency culminated in a late night visit to VMC when I wouldn’t bear weight on my right hind leg. A follow-up evaluation by VMC’s Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robinson, identified the problem as a patellar luxation. At barely two years old, I had become increasingly more dependent upon pain relieving drugs. It was apparent my quality of life would be significantly impacted without surgical repair. Following my surgery at VMC, Dr. Robinson instructed mom to do range of motion exercises and hot packs to my leg. Mom asked Dr. Robinson how we could hasten my recovery and return me to a normal two-year old activity level. He suggested laser therapy to enhance healing and that’s when I met Lis Conarton and the physical rehabilitation service. I had several sessions of laser therapy and massage at VMC. Honestly, at first I wasn’t too sure about this laser therapy thing but I absolutely adored Lis so it didn’t matter what she was doing to me. She prepared an exercise program which became part of my daily routine. From my perspective, laser and exercise didn’t hurt and I just loved all the attention I was getting! My mom is absolutely convinced that laser treatment was instrumental in my rapid healing and speedy return to normal activity. I am a pretty active fellow . . I chase a lot of squirrels and chipmunks and, of course, the occasional neighborhood cat . . .and winters are spent in Florida walking the beach and swimming. Last year mom noticed my gait had changed. It appeared I was throwing my left front leg outward as I walked . . A dear friend suggested we contact VMC to schedule an evaluation. That’s when I met “Dr. Polly” Fleckenstein and Sue . . .Our initial consultation with Dr. Polly and the start of spinal manipulation along with supplements has reduced my level of discomfort significantly. Seems I had developed a little arthritis and initially Dr. Polly treated a very persistent and pesky Illiopsoas muscle. Following my initial evaluation and treatments, my visits have gone from every two weeks to once monthly. I have been able to resume my normal squirrel/chipmunk and squeaky-ball chasing activities without pain. My energy level is high and, if I could only drop these four unsightly pounds I’ve gained, my world would be perfect. Thanks to Dr. Polly’s compassionate, quality care and the daily exercise routine she prepared for my mom to administer, I can run, jump and play with the reckless abandon of a puppy. While I might have to take a few more naps than I used to . . . my quality of life is greatly improved. Dr. Polly and Sue have become great friends and I enjoy my therapy session. Once I’ve had my treatment, I am so relaxed I often sleep all the way home!! Dr. Polly’s expertise and skill has contributed to my overall good health and level of comfort. My mom speaks very highly of Dr. Polly and Sue and has recommended treatment to our friends as it has significantly improved my quality of life while alleviating my pain. While I take a couple of supplements daily, I take no pain medication. Thank You Dr. Polly. ~ Stuart’s Family  

Stuart's issues:

  • Right Patellar Luxation
  • Pain to extend right hip
  • Myofascial Trigger Points (Muscle Spasms)
  • Right Iliopsoas
  • Left Lattisimus Dorsi
  • Mild neck pain with associated presumptive “root signature” (Lameness in left front)
  • All are likely secondary to and compensatory for chronic pain/osteoarthritis from right knee

Current Treatments:

  • Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (aka “animal Chiropractic”)
  • Duralactin
  • Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Stretches, massage, & exercise.