Signs and Symptoms of VSCs

What are the Symptoms?

Animals with VSCs may present with many symptoms, the most common of which is pain. Animals with back pain often express this in their posture or in their refusal to work.

The animal’s attempts to compensate for the pain by changing its posture and way of going can result in other problems such as joint changes.

Dogs

The following symptoms in a dog may indicate pain caused by a subluxation:

  • Reluctance to move
  • Abnormal posture
  • Disability to climb stairs or jump onto araised areas
  • Limited performance
  • Signs of pain when performing certain movements or being lifted
  • The animal only lies on one side
  • Disobedience when jumping
  • Altered sitting position (so-called “puppy sitting”)
  • Changes in behavior
  • Frightened or painful facial expression
  • Sensitivity to touch

dog surgerySubluxations in the spine can affect muscle coordination and mobility of the dog, thereby causing decreased performance.

The following symptoms may occur:

 

  • Unleveled gait rhythm
  • Irregularity of gait which cannot be assigned to a particular leg or gait
  • Stiffness after sleeping
  • Stiffness when bending and in its general posture
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Lick granuloma
  • Sciatica neuralgia
  • Undefined lameness. This can be caused by VSCs in the joints of limbs or the spine.
  • Shortened stride in one or more legs
  • Overall decreased range of motion in gait
  • Recurrent anal gland infections
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Incontinence. This can be exacerbated by VSCs in the lumbar vertebrae.
  • Hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity
  • The back does not swingdog-Skeleton2x473

Horses

The following symptoms in a horse may indicate pain caused by a subluxation:

  • Reduced performance
  • Abnormal posture
  • Snapping and pinning back its ears when being saddled
  • Insubordination when being ridden
  • The attempt to free itself by throwing its head back or up or by hollowing the back
  • Swishing its tail and pinning back its ears
  • Disobedience when jumping
  • Difficulties with collected or lateral gaits
  • Changes in behavior
  • Frightened or painful facial expression
  • Sensitivity to touch

horse jumping 4145745Subluxations in the spine can affect muscle coordination and mobility of the horse, thereby causing decreased performance.

The following symptoms may occur:

  • Unleveled gait rhythm
  • Irregularity of gait which cannot be assigned to a particular leg or gait
  • Stiffness when the horse leaves the stable
  • Stiffness when bending and in its general posture
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Brushing or interfering
  • Difficulty engaging the hindquarters
  • Difficulty working “long and low”
  • Shortened stride in one or more legs
  • Overall decreased range of motion in gait
  • Difficulty flexing the poll
  • Lameness
  • Horse pulls against one rein
  • Rider is seated off centre due to the horse
  • The back does not swingHorse-Skeleton2x386

In General

A major effect of a VSC (subluxation) can be impairment to the flow of information in the nerves which exit the spinal cord between the vertebrae. As these nerves innervate the skin, certain glands and blood vessels, such neurological disturbance can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Unusual itching at the base of the tail or other parts of the body
  • Increased sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Asymmetrical or reduced perspiration

This list of symptoms is certainly not exhaustive; however, it does demonstrate the many effects a VSC can have.

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