Static posturography: A new perspective in the assessment of lameness in a canine model

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Static posturography: A new perspective in the assessment of lameness in a canine model

Volume 12, Issue 1, January 2017, Article number e0170692
Open Access
Manera, M.E., Carrillo, J.M., Batista, M., Rubio, M., Sopena, J., Santana, A., Vilar, J.M.
a Departamento de Patología Animal, Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Biomédicas Y Sanitarias, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arucas, Las Palmas, Spain
b Departamento Medicina Y Cirugía Animal, Cátedra García Cugat, Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Valencia, Spain
c Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the static posturography in dogs as a useful tool for diagnosis of lameness by means of the use of a pressure platform. For this purpose, a series of different parameters (pressure distribution, area of support, mean pressure, maximum pressure and statokinesiograms) were obtained from five lame dogs with unilateral elbow osteoarthritis treated with plasma rich in growth factors. Data were obtained before and 3 months after treatment, and results were compared with a control group of sound dogs of similar conformation. Significant differences were found in the above mentioned parameters between sound and lame limbs. Improvement after 3 months of treatment was also detected, demonstrating that this multi-parametric technique is an effective and reliable method for the assessment of lameness in dogs. © 2017 Manera et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.