AO Principles of Fracture Management in the Dog and Cat by Ann Johnson, John Houlton, Rico Vannini

By Ann Johnson, John Houlton, Rico Vannini

This article is lavishly illustrated with full-color illustrations, intraoperative photographs and radiographs.

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49th Annual Meeting of the Orthopedic Research Society. New Orleans: Orthopedic Research Society. 1 Daniel Koch Screws and plates 1 Introduction In the early 1960s, interfragmentary compression techniques, leading to direct bone healing, were the gold standard for treating long bone fractures in small animals. Absolute stability was achieved by the application of compression devices such as lag screws and compression plates. However, this conventional method of treating fractures requires an extensive surgical approach and demands skill and expertise to minimize biological complications such as iatrogenic soft-tissue damage, early bone necrosis underneath the plate and late stress protection of the bone.

However, PROM exercises do not prevent muscle atrophy, nor do they improve muscle strength or endurance. They assist blood circulation but not to the same degree as assisted or controlled active therapeutic exercise [48] . The most common techniques of massage used in veterinary medicine are effleurage, pétrissage, cross fiber massage, and tapotement. Effleurage is a form of superficial or light stroking massage and is generally used in the beginning of all massage sessions to relax and acclimatize the animal.

Piermattei D, Flo GL (1997) Fractures in growing animals. Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 676–685. 44. Johnson JM, Johnson AL, Eurell JA (1994) Histological appearance of naturally occurring canine physeal fractures. Vet Surg; 23(2):81–86. 45. Johnson AL, Johnson K, Houlton J, et al (1999) AO-ASIF Small Animal Preoperative Planning Guide. Synthes (USA). 46. Piermattei D, Flo GL (1997) Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair.

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