Conservative Management of Intervertebral Disc Disease

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Published on: 23.11.2016

Presenter:

Peter Smith BSc BVM&S PhD DipECVN MRCVS
RCVS & European Veterinary Specialist in Neurology

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About The Webinar

There is a perception that intervertebral disc problems require surgery for optimal treatment. However, in many cases, surgery is either unnecessary or inappropriate. This lecture will consider the range of disc associated problems that can occur in companion animals, reviewing the clinical presentation in such cases and the treatment options that are available. It will touch on salient features of the neurological examination, pinpointing pitfalls that can cause confusion, and will highlight those cases in which conservative management is suitable. Ideally, such decisions are based on advanced imaging to reach a definitive diagnosis. However, when financial constraints preclude such investigations, a presumptive diagnosis can often be reached based simply on history and careful neurological examination. This permits funds to be focused on careful nursing and physiotherapy, the mainstays of conservative therapy.

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