Hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis of the hip joint are the most common problems affecting the hips. Since usually both sides are affected, lameness may be less obvious. Complaints such as unwillingness to exercise, “bunny-hopping,” or reluctance to jump present more frequently in these cases. If the condition is chronic, marked atrophy of the gluteal musculature is common.
This selection of points can be combine with points beneficial for arthritis.
- GB 29 – just in front of the head of the femur. (depression in the musculature)
- GB 30 – just caudal to the head of the femur.
- BL 54 – dorsal to the head of the femur.
- BL 40 – the deepest point in the popliteal crease.
- LI 04 – between the 1st (dewclaw) & 2nd finger.
- LIV 3 – between the 2nd & 3rd toe.
- Restrict exercise! Controlled walking & trotting on the lead only.
- No jumping.
- Weight management is crucial in hip disease.
- Rotary massaging of GB 29 (see above) for 30 seconds.
- Range of motion exercise and stretching of both hind legs.