Veterinary Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease Management

Learn more about our conservative rehabilitation techniques below.

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Conservative Rehabilitation in The Woodlands, TX

Our conservative rehabilitation techniques at the Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation include anti-inflammatory medications and are meant to aid in the treatment of partial CCL injuries.

Non-Surgical Therapy & Rehabilitation for Dogs & Cats

In recent years conservative (non-surgical) therapy for the CCL injury has gained popularity, primarily because of improvements in veterinary rehabilitation. Conservative therapy consists of rest, anti-inflammatory medications, exercise and in certain cases, weight loss. While there are numerous anecdotal reports of success, there are no studies or long-term retrospective patient assessments to support the use of conservative therapy.

The severe joint instability that occurs with complete rupture of the CCL cannot be corrected by conservative therapy. Conservative therapy might be more appropriate for a partial rupture of the CCL, which is more common and entails much less joint instability. However, we believe that partial rupture begins a cascade of events that may result in a complete rupture.

Treatments or procedures used in Conservative Therapy for patients:

Regenerative Medicine

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Intra-articular bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC)

Intra-articular injections

  • Hyaluronic Acid with Triamcinolone


  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
  • Therapeutic Laser
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Manual Therapies
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Other Aides

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) medications or other pharmaceuticals
  • Nutritional management and weight control
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Custom orthotic devices