Toto is a 10
year old spayed female miniature dachshund that presented for acute hind end
paralysis as a result of a slipped disc in her back. The owners decided
against back surgery and opted for a less invasive, holistic approach to
help Toto walk again.
Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), Intervertebral disc disease occurs when the
discs fail to be nourished by Blood and dehydrate. The resulting obstruction or
stagnation of Qi and Blood results in pain and paralysis.
four classes of slipped discs. Class 1 is back pain without nerve deficits
while Class 4 is paralysis without deep pain sensation. Surgery is recommended
in Class 4 disc disease. Dr. Roger Clemmons, Associate Professor of neurology
at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, reports that after
72 hours of losing deep pain sensation, the chance of recovery of patients with
class 4 disc disease is the same whether they receive surgery or acupuncture.
Class 3 intervertebral disc disease – paralysis with deep pain sensation. Toto
received traditional acupuncture and Chinese Herbs to tonify and move Blood and
Qi in her spine. Tonifying Blood nourishes the discs, and moving Blood and Qi relieves
the pain and resolves the paralysis. I did electro-acupuncture to produce a
stronger and longer lasting effect. Electro-acupuncture is done by connecting
wires to the acupuncture needles and running an electric current between them. Additionally, I did aquapuncture to produce a longer lasting treatment as well. Aquapuncture uses hypodermic needles in the acupuncture points and I inject a sterile solution into the point. I also did cold laser therapy at the site of the slipped disc to reduce inflammation
and pain, and promote nerve repair and regeneration. The owners initiated
hydrotherapy in their bathtub and changed her diet.
After 5 treatments at 1 week intervals, Toto regained full
use of her hind legs with no evidence of any pain or nerve deficits!