The Effects Of Cruciate Ligament Rupture

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Cruciate rupture also known as cruciate ligament rupture is a disease of the leg. According to ACVS article “Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease” a cruciate ligament rupture can also be called cruciate disease, ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, ACL injury, torn cranial cruciate ligament, partial ACL injury, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, tibial tuberosity advancement, lateral suture stabilization, and meniscal tear (Small Animal Topics). Even though a cruciate ligament rupture is not life threatening it can still be very dangerous and harmful. To put it simply a cruciate ligament rupture is just a name for a torn knee ligament. However, cruciate ligament rupture is not a simple disease of the leg. When a cruciate ligament rupture occurs…show more content…
The reason the ligament ruptures is because of the repeated stretching and pressure on the ligament. As a result of this repented action the ligament is worn and eventually tears. The knee joint is one of the weakest joints because the femur and tibia are only held together by several ligaments. One of the ligaments being the cruciate ligament, which allows the femur and tibia to move like a hinge. One incidence that causes cats to get a cruciate ligament rupture is by jumping down from a high place. The impact of the jump can cause enough strain on the ligament that it tears. A factor that contributes to the strain of the ligament is obesity. When an animal is obese, it causes more than normal strain on the body especially in the…show more content…
This is when the veterinarian moves the tibia or lower bone out toward the front of the leg while the femur or top bone is held still, representing the opening and closing of a drawer. The “drawer sign” can be used when the animal is awake and aware of its surroundings. Another way to diagnose cruciate ligament rupture is by using a radiograph or x-ray on the knee of the injured limb. Using the x-ray allows the veterinarian to rule out any other causes and determine how serious the injury

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