Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA374) Rear Leg Lameness: Not Everything Is a Cruciate Tear

Thursday, March 8
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
MBCC, Mandalay Bay D, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

The most common cause for rear limb lameness, or any lameness in a dog, is a cranial cruciate ligament injury. However, there are a variety of conditions and injuries that can cause rear limb lameness, and often mimic a CrCL injury.

Steven W. Petersen

Staff Surgeon

Dr. Petersen is board certified in both Small Animal Surgery and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, he works at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas, OR.  His primary clinical interests are orthopedic surgery, trauma surgery (fractures), and reconstructive surgery for traumatic and cancer associated wounds. Additionally, he has extensive experience with neurosurgery and spinal fracture stabilization.  Within the realm of orthopedic surgery, Dr. Petersen's special interests include correction of pediatric growth plate injuries and deformities through distraction osteogenesis as well as general canine sports medicine including arthroscopic evaluation and treatment of joint and ligament injuries. Dr. Petersen is one of the first veterinary orthopedic surgeons in the country to use arthroscopy to diagnose and treat canine joint problems (starting in the mid-1990's) and has years of clinical experience with this specialty. Dr. Petersen is a strong proponent of postoperative physical therapy and incorporates rehab into his postoperative patient regimen whenever possible.  He is also an advocate of rehab for the aging or geriatric patient to enhance mobility and quality of life.  Dr. Petersen lectures locally and nationally to numerous veterinary associations and veterinary surgical organizations. Outside of his clinical responsibilities, Steve devotes his free time to his family, and enjoys cycling, windsurfing, skiing, and hiking with his wife, kids, and the family dogs.

Steven W. Petersen, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR
Board Certified in Small Animal Surgery
Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Staff Surgeon
VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists
Clackamas, Oregon

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