Quakers Hill Veterinary Hospital has a proud association with Greyhound Medication for over 30 years. Skills gained in diagnosing bone, muscular, tendon and ligament injuries lend themselves naturally to the flourishing sports of fly ball and agility. Similarly the gait of a dog is vital in the show ring.
Our veterinarians are experienced at localising musculoskeletal injuries. It requires a thorough approach with sound anatomic and physiologic knowledge. In addition to identifying traditional injuires, we employ gentle palpation, feeling for changes in tension or tenderness in the tissues thus locating trigger points. These points tend to be located where peripheral nerves enter a muscle, the midpoint of the muscle, or where the muscle joins the bone. Sometimes the trigger points may be identified by subtle differences in temperature on the skin surface or over the skin surface.
Treatment may involve rest, manipulation (massage), anti-inflammatory medications (topical or systemic) or surgery. An extra service we proudly offer is laser acupuncture. It is a safe, painless and effective localised treatment of trigger points. Low level lasers alter cellular metabolism by reducing inflammatory mediators and numbers of inflammatory cells plus up-regulating mitochondrial activity. It has been used successfully in the relief of short term or chronic pain. It can be an important adjunct for the healing of injuries.