Veterinary orthopedic wisdom: Keep 'em moving

June 1, 2018
David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA

David Dycus is frequent speaker at the Fetch dvm360 conferences, an orthopedic staff surgeon at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, and co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute.

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Thought and practice in the area of veterinary orthopedics is constantly evolving, but that doesn't mean it can't be influenced by the past. In fact, Fetch dvm360 conference speaker David Dycus, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, has taken inspiration from an 1895 quote by Just Lucas-Championnière. He shared this advice from the French surgeon:

"For an injured limb to return to function, the worst possible management is immobilization."

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And return to function is the primary goal for most patients, Dr. Dycus says. Toward that end, he says you must keep joints in motion. Rather than placing a fractured bone in a splint, he says you should repair the problem to restore use to the surrounding joints. In cases of arthritic joints, Dr. Dycus says daily exercise is the key.

"The synovial fluid that nourishes the chondrocytes actually comes from the synovium, and that comes from mobility in the joint," he says.

So, getting patients "moving and grooving" is essential to restoring joint function, comfort, and preservation, he says.

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