The relationship between limb function and radiographic osteoarthrosis in dogs with stifle osteoarthrosis
To evaluate the relationship between limb function and radiographic evidence of stifle osteoarthrosis (OA) in dogs. Study Design
The relationship between force platform data and radiographic OA score was evaluated on 2 separate days using regression analysis. Interday variation was also assessed. Animals
Forty-one dogs with visible lameness and radiographic evidence of stifle OA. Methods
Force platform data were collected at a velocity of 1.7 to 2.0 m/s for 5 trials on day 1 and day 8. Radiographs taken on day 1 were scored using a previously reported OA scoring system. Results
No significant relationship was found between force platform data and OA score. No significant differences were found between any day 1 and day 8 force platform values. Conclusions
Although radiographic evidence of stifle OA provides evidence of pathology, it does a poor job of representing limb function. In addition, the absence of significant differences between day 1 and day 8 values in this population of dogs supports use of only a single force platform evaluation before measuring a treatment effect. Clinical Relevance
The presence of OA in the stifle joint does not correlate with clinical function; radiographic outcome should be used cautiously as a predictor of clinical outcome.
©Copyright 2003 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: From the Department of Clinical Sciences, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA.
Publication date: September 1, 2003