Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Leveling Out

At last week's physical therapy session, I asked the therapist what she thought of Luna's walking at this time.  The therapist said everything is looking really good and "normal" except for the back left leg.  That leg has been the longest and slowest to recover so it is no surprise that it is the last one to get back up to speed.  What we can see in the tank is that the neurons are not firing fast enough so she has a little hitch in her giddy up.  Notice in the video how the front legs move pretty evenly, but the back left leg has a pause.
video

The therapist says that this could improve over time or she may always have a little trouble with that leg.  It's hard to say at this time.  When we go for our walks you hardly notice there is anything wrong at all.  When she starts to get tired (after 1.5 miles) she starts to limp.  I've also noticed that she has trouble going into a sit and down.  It is probably very uncomfortable for her now.  

At this time we are going to continue with the underwater treadmill, but it looks like we may be reaching the end of physical therapy.  Instead, we'll start introducing her to our new activity, jogging. :-)

2 comments:

Sue said...

Hope that last little limp goes for her. She has done so well and she's so lucky to have such a loving family.

Hiking Hounds said...

I hope it continues to improve. She looks great though, she's such a hard worker.