I'm pulling this out of Keith Farmers Tightrope proceedure thread as I think it's a good topic for performance dogs.
I was very relieved that my girl had an Iliopsoas (groin for ease of explanation) muscle pull rather than ortho issues or a cruciate injury. But, it is a frustrating injury. For those that have had a dog with this, what are you doing for rehab? Did you notice things got worse before they got better?
I am attaching a link to an article for those that don't know what it is. It can present like a cruciate, so if you think that your dog may have a problem, ask your vet to check it out. You need to get him or her to do some deep pressure to find it.
My girl Bree is on a tracking harness to walk. No off lead, no body slamming with her buddies. Crate rest is contra indicated as it forces the muscle to tighten up. (interesting as her weeks of crate rest didn't work...so from personal experience, it's true).
We are learning to track to force her to use both legs simultaneously, walking through a ladder, again to force her to use the leg. Passive range of motion, massage and stretching while she is laying down on her side. Moderate stretching exercises including learning how to crawl forward and backward (while on a down) and learning to inch up and back while sitting. If I was closer to my sports med vet she would be getting some laser therapy. Nothing else at this point, for 2 or 3 more weeks. No anti-inflammatories as the inflammatory process is warranted.
It's been killing me as this is my first Senior dog and I was hyped to run her this spring...but she'll recover quicker from this than a cruciate. And she's only 2 so we have loads of time.
I hope this thread helps someone else...and for those of you that have experienced this...fill us in..