Kinetic measurements with the young dog

Goal of measurements with the young dog

The goal of the measurements with a puppy / young dog, basically with the growing dog, is to measure, assess and, depending on the situation, to take therapeutic measures or to extend the diagnostics with objective and reproducible parameters.


This is important, since HD, ED or even OCD, along with the genetic component, is manifested by the movement. Common trigger can be a too wild and uncontrolled movement.


Patient, one year old, Blanc Suisse breed: The symptom, presented to me, is "gnawing the root of the tail". The previous examination by the vet gave no indication of a skin problem or fleas. The orthopaedic and neurological examination, performed by me, indicated a transitional vertebra. The kinetic measurement and the X-ray image confirmed this suspicion. After reviewing the radiological findings, the patient was treated orthopaedically manually.





Please note the following:

The red dots are the values before the treatment

The yellow dots are the values after the treatment


AL: front left   AR: front right
PL: rear left   PR: rear right
BF: back front   BP: back rear






The patient was presented to me again after one month. The gnawing of the tail had stopped immediately after the first treatment and the movement pattern was smooth again. Subsequently the dog underwent an official radiological examination for HD / ED by the family vet. The comparison with the initial examination, revealed that the vertical force axis, with 17.35% on the left side and 16.14% on the right, was slightly but clearly altered. This could indicate a pathology of the hind leg and was also a reason for the chewing of the tail's root. After manual orthopaedic treatment, the force absorption was significantly improved. The dog responded well to the manual treatment, and the symptoms disappeared.

The evaluation of the official radiological examination confirmed the transitional vertebra and beyond that, showed different angles of the hips.

Transient vertebrae, especially when asymmetric, result in the tipping of the pelvis, which in turn leads to an altered pressure-pull mechanism in the acetabulum by the thigh. Thus it is possible that the canopy of the thigh and the "depth" of the acetabulum is reduced.









In the control examination, the hindquarters showed a normal movement, but a strongly altered force in the right and left shoulder.

See below: left shoulder 37.79%, right shoulder 25.43%. This is a big difference of 12%. After orthopaedic manual treatment, a normal force vector was determined in both limbs during the subsequent measurement, 31.14% in the left shoulder and 30.71% in the right shoulder. The difference was reduced to 0.5%, which is absolutely represents the norm.

This is another advantage of kinetic measurement. It can show a change immediately after a treatment. This cannot be achieved by any radiological study. Thus, we can also determine the course of therapy and, depending on the situation, make adjustments to the therapeutic modalities.



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