Crepitus (grinding of bones) in the left shoulder caused by a bony spur on vertebra C7
Herbi was presented to the Veterinary Surgery with a history of intermittent pain in the shoulder region of his neck. No lameness had been noted. Radiographs were performed as the Veterinary Surgeon could palpate some crepitus between Herbi’s shoulder blades.
The owners had also observed that his left fore limb occasionally “gave way” during exercise. X rays revealed no abnormalities to the left fore, elbows or shoulders. The only radiographic abnormality was a potential bony spur which was attached to his 7th cervical vertebrae in his neck.
Hydrotherapy was advised to promote increased range of motion in the left fore limb and to increase the muscle mass surrounding the affected area. Herbi was prescribed non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for when he suffered an acute bout of pain but he is currently not receiving any medication.
He continues to have twice weekly sessions in the Aquatic Underwater Treadmill and his muscle mass on his fore limbs has increased from 22cm to 26cm on the left and from 25cm to 26cm on the right.