Orthoses (braces) are used to compliment surgery or for cases in which surgery is not possible or necessary for a variety of reasons. Common examples are Achilles tendon, carpal hyperextension and cranial cruciate ligament injuries. Proper diagnosis, prescription, design, and fitting of an orthosis requires a foundation in biomechanics and movement. Furthermore, a treatment and rehabilitation plan is needed to ensure proper fit and function of the device.
Prosthetic limbs can replace amputated limb segments. At least 50% of the limb must be retained for the effective use of a prosthetic limb. In recent years, kinematic studies and mobility assessment reveal amputation is not a benign procedure. Providing a functional limb can decrease long term complications including chronic pain syndromes, joint breakdown, weight gain and premature euthanasia.
With the fabrication of high-quality, effective prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices, we can maintain quadruped mobility for a number of patients with distal limb trauma or defect. Dr. Mich has more than 10 years experience prescribing, fitting, adjusting and managing orthotic and prosthetic devices for veterinary patients. She can fine tune these devices on-site in our orthotics and prosthetics lab for best fit and function. She is the author of a number of publications and teaches on this topic nationally and internationally. Mamie Whitman works with Dr. Mich’s patients providing the specialized rehabilitation necessary for these unique cases.