Parts of this study will be presented in abstract form at the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, New Orleans, LA
Force Plate Gait Analysis in Doberman Pinschers with and without Cervical Spondylomyelopathy
Article first published online: 26 DEC 2012
Copyright © 2012 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 106–111, January/February 2013
How to Cite
Foss, K., da Costa, R.C., Rajala-Shultz, P.J. and Allen, M.J. (2013), Force Plate Gait Analysis in Doberman Pinschers with and without Cervical Spondylomyelopathy. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 27: 106–111. doi: 10.1111/jvim.12025
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 26 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 13 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 17 APR 2012
- College of Veterinary Medicine
- Ohio State University
Vol. 27, Issue 2, 424, Article first published online: 15 MAR 2013
- Cervical vertebral instability;
The most accepted means of evaluating the response of a patient with cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM) to treatment is subjective and based on the owner and clinician's perception of the gait.
To establish and compare kinetic parameters based on force plate gait analysis between normal and CSM-affected Dobermans.
Nineteen Doberman Pinschers: 10 clinically normal and 9 with CSM.
Force plate analysis was prospectively performed in all dogs. At least 4 runs of ipsilateral limbs were collected from each dog. Eight force platform parameters were evaluated, including peak vertical force (PVF) and peak vertical impulse (PVI), peak mediolateral force (PMLF) and peak mediolateral impulse, peak braking force and peak braking impulse, and peak propulsive force (PPF) and peak propulsive impulse. In addition, the coefficient of variation (CV) for each limb was calculated for each parameter. Data analysis was performed by a repeated measures approach.
PMLF (P = .0062), PVI (P = .0225), and PPF (P = .0408) were found to be lower in CSM-affected dogs compared with normal dogs. Analysis by CV as the outcome indicated more variability in PVF in CSM-affected dogs (P = 0.0045). The largest difference in the CV of PVF was seen in the thoracic limbs of affected dogs when compared with the thoracic limbs of normal dogs (P = 0.0019).
Conclusions and Clinical Importance
The CV of PVF in all 4 limbs, especially the thoracic limbs, distinguished clinically normal Dobermans from those with CSM. Other kinetic parameters less reliably distinguished CSM-affected from clinically normal Dobermans.