Patella Luxation


Patella Luxation

Veterinary physiotherapy and rehab, providing a holistic approach to your pets health

Holistic treatments from experienced professionals

What is the patella luxation?

Patella luxation is when the patella (kneecap) dislocates, impacting the pets’ ability to fully extend the limb. It is of genetic cause, which results in the groove that the patella sits in, not developing as it should. As a result the patella moves in and out of the groove, wearing away at the cartilage and the patella itself. Some damage can also be caused to the cranial cruciate ligament, and pets who suffer with luxating patella are at an increased risk of a cranial cruciate ligament injury.  

Common signs of patella luxation

A pet that suffers with patella luxation may present with varying degrees of lameness. Typically ‘skipping’ on a hindlimb for a couple of strides and then returning to normal, is a good indicator of patella luxation. There will also be osteoarthritis in the joint, again of varying severities. It mostly affects dogs, although some cats are also affected, mostly affecting dogs with bow-legged conformation e.g. jack russell terriers. 

Jack Russel, commonly have patella luxation

How can physiotherapy help my pet with patella luxation?

Depending upon the severity, your vet will either advise corrective surgery or conservative management. Although rehabilitation is required in both cases, conservative management may require long term physiotherapy to support your pet. In both cases we use a range of physiotherapy techniques, laser and shockwave, aiming to reduce the pain and inflammation in the joint. We also aim to address muscular imbalances by rebuilding areas of muscle loss and addressing areas of high muscle tone that may be pulling on the patella. 

Can I claim through my insurance?

Most insurance companies will cover/contribute towards our services. However, we always advise checking with your insurance company regarding your individual policy

Do I need a referral from my vets?

If you get in touch with us, we are more then happy to contact your primary vets to organise consent for treatment, if needed. 

Where are we located?

We are located just outside of Blisworth, between Northampton and Towcester. Our clinic is at the Blisworth Marina, providing a peaceful, relaxing setting with ample parking. Click here to find us on google maps. 

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hayley cleaver
hayley cleaver
2024-04-08
I came to Holistic Vet Care with my dog Jerry Lee who had chronic osteoarthritis. The acupuncture and Chinese herbs that Rinnert prescribes has changed his life. He still has the condition, but the pain has visibly reduced and it’s like he has been frozen in time, with the condition not progressing as you would expect in a dog of his age. Holistic Vet Care invested in a state of the art laser system to help with pain relief which Jerry participates in and loves! More recently a physiotherapist was employed within the practice who is brilliant. We now have Shockwave therapy for Jerry to complement the laser treatments and acupuncture. Again, Jerry absolutely loves it and falls asleep! It has definitely helped with his condition even more and I’m delighted with the results. I can’t recommend Rinnert and his team enough. Your pet is always put first and you just know you are in good hands. Thank you for Jerry Lee’s wonderful treatments.
Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor
2024-03-05
We have been coming since November after our dog was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. We opted to not go ahead with chemotherapy due to various reasons, and decided to give the herbal route a try along side steroids. Prognosis was 3-4 months from the Oncologist, and we are coming into our 5th month. We are so happy with her progress. She has so much energy and has still been enjoying life to the full, which was our main priority. We are hoping for many more months and will continue with the herbs.
Lorraine Ashley
Lorraine Ashley
2023-10-29
Our Chinese Crested dog was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 10 months ago. Our regular Vet advised Euthanasia as soon as possible due to her age. However, within two days of her first treatment with Rinnert she was walking without a limp and wanting to play with her toys. She is now having regular acupuncture and herbal treatments and continues to thrive. As a family, words cannot express how grateful we are for this extra time with her. Rinnert has been amazing throughout; I highly recommend him and the treatments he offers.
Katherine Killick
Katherine Killick
2023-10-23
I contacted Holistic Vet Care just over 18 months ago and I am very glad that I did. My Romanian Crossbreed girl, Star, had suffered from diverse symptoms - lameness in multiple limbs, skin problems, loss of body condition and coat, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea. She seemed to have lost the will to live. She had eventually been successfully diagnosed with atypical immune mediated polyarthritis and treated with immunosuppressive therapy by the RVC specialists. This had halted all the worrying symptoms, thank goodness. As this radical treatment drew to a close, I was convinced that there was a problem underlying the obvious manifestations and contacted Holistic Vet Care in a search for a perspective that would make sense of this and hopefully offer healing for Star. Alongside this serious immune system disturbance, Star has suffered from advancing osteoarthritis in her left elbow after two arthroscopies to relieve unilateral elbow dysplasia, the first when she was barely aged 1 year old. Fast forward to 18 months after starting treatment with acupuncture and Chinese medicine herbal therapy alongside the pain relieving drug Amantadine prescribed for her elbow by the RVC : I now have the happy, healthy, playful, mischievous girl, that I adopted aged 4 months, back. Her thick shiny coat, her appetite, her body condition and vitality, all of which had faded, have returned and her elbow issues are barely discernible. I believe that Rinnert's patience and understanding with Star, who has been very fearful in consultations, and the perspective that his understanding of what Chinese medicine has to offer, via acupuncture and herbal medicines, has given her a new lease of life. I can't thank Holistic Vet Care enough and I can wholeheartedly recommend the practice.
Rob speedplay
Rob speedplay
2023-06-26
Same cat and rabbit clinic, new location! It's great to see the practice growing yet again and back in Duston too. Service and care is always the top priority and that's why we've been using them for over twenty years. The new location is much better than the last one as it's easier to get to and has more parking. Waiting area was a hit with Turbo as he loves to have his own seat! Keep up the great work team!
Suzanne Pegg
Suzanne Pegg
2023-06-13
The best vets, Simon & Kim and the team are so so good, wouldn't go anywhere else. They have been our vets for nearly 25 years.
derek cooper
derek cooper
2023-04-26
Very good place

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