14. Disorders of the Pelvic Limb: Diagnosis and Treatment

  1. M. Christine Zink DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP and
  2. Janet B. Van Dyke DVM
  1. Peter J. Lotsikas DVM Dipl ACVS,,
  2. Sherman O. Canapp Jr., DVM, MS,Dipl ACVS,,
  3. Jonathan Dyce MA, VetMB, MRCVS, DSAO, Dipl ACVS,
  4. Kristin Kirkby DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ACVS, CCRT,,
  5. Scott Christopher VMD, CCRP and
  6. Patrick A. Ridge BVSc, Cert VR, Cert SAS, MRCVS

Published Online: 28 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch14

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

How to Cite

Zink, M. C. and Van Dyke, J. B. (2013) Disorders of the Pelvic Limb: Diagnosis and Treatment, in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch14

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813812168

Online ISBN: 9781118783443



  • achilles tendon injuries;
  • diagnosis;
  • gracilis;
  • hip dysplasia (HD);
  • Iliopsoas strain;
  • patellar luxation;
  • pelvic limb disorder;
  • rehabilitation therapy;
  • superficial digital flexor (SDF) tendon luxation


Orthopedic conditions of the pelvic limb are some of the most frequently diagnosed causes of lameness in the dog. In the sporting dog as well as the active companion, acute stretch-induced muscle disorders are common occurrences, and are often under-, or misdiagnosed. This chapter reviews the anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment of iliopsoas and gracilis muscle strains. It then addresses the primary arthropathies of the pelvic limb including hip dysplasia (HD), hip luxation, and conditions of the stifle including cranial cruciate disease, meniscal injury, and patellar luxation. For these conditions, both medical and surgical management are discussed. The chapter concludes with descriptions and treatment options for common tendon injuries of the pelvic limb including calcanean tendon injury and luxation of the superficial digital flexor (SDF) tendon. Rehabilitation therapy for these tendon disorders is also discussed.