Bear started attending the centre for hydrotherapy in October 14 following diagnosis of bilateral (both hips affected) hip dysplasia.
Hip dysplasia is a common developmental disorder of the hip joint characterised by pain and laxity which leads to osteoarthritis.
The best treatment depends on many factors, options include non-surgical management such as body weight management, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, medication and surgical management such as total hip replacement.
Bear’s condition has been managed non-surgically and the hydrotherapy is used for strengthening specific muscles and to improve gait (how he walks). The buoyancy of the water provides support to the body which in turn reduces the load on the affected joints whilst exercising the necessary muscles. Bear undertakes straight swims, zig zags and circles in the water to promote muscle use and his condition is being carefully maintained and controlled with the use of ongoing hydrotherapy.