Cruciate Ligament Damage

Cruciate ligaments are the four ligaments that join the Femur to the Tibia. They cross over within the knee joint to provide support, movement and stability. They also prevent the knee from over rotating.

Injury in the area is common and can cause mobility problems, depending on the extent of damage.


  • Swelling of stifle joint
  • Changes in gait
  • Lameness/limping – intermittent, or increasing over a period of time
  • Unwilling to weight bear on affected leg
  • Sitting with affected leg rotated out
  • Being unable to place paw fully on floor

How massage can help

  • Increase blood flow to the area which will promote healing.
  • Reduce swelling
  • Toxins and scar tissue build up can be flushed from the area
  • Reduction of pain and aid recovery after surgery
  • Relieve overcompensating muscles
  • Improves the dog’s gait and decreases over-compensation of other muscles.