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33rd ECVN/ESVN Annual Symposium - poster: Movement analysis by a dog with lower back pain
16-18 september 2021

33rd ECVN/ESVN Annual Symposium


Movement analysis by a dog with lower back pain, treated with orthomanual veterinary medicine and measured with the pressure plate

M. Geerts, D.C, Aharon

Charly, a 2.5 year old crossbreed dog, was referred to the Clinic with unwillingness to jump into the car. A CT scan of the lower back was included showing degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS). Physical, neurological and orthopedic examinations showed pain during palpation of the lumboscral region and lumbosacral instability. Concurrent orthopaedic, neurological or systemic disorders were excluded.

The dog was treated orthomanually with manipulation of the lower back, followed by a managed mobility regime. In addition, gait assessments were performed with a pressure plate before and immediately after treatment and after two weeks and three months. Two weeks after treatment the dog could walk very ably and was completely pain free in the lower back. Three months after treatment, her gaits had improved further, and Charly was able to jump without discomfort. The positive outcome of this field case is in line with the overall good clinical and research outcome after application of orthomanual treatment policy of lower back pain patients

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Article: Lower back pain and behavioural changes in cats
september 2021

Lower back pain and behavioural changes in cats


A short term follow up after orthomanual treatment

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January 2021

pilot study


Orthomanual veterinary medicine as approach in treating lower back pain in dogs

Assessment of orthomanual treatment in dogs with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis using pressure plate analysis, video analysis and owner questionnaires.

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onderzieksstage Michelle Geerts - eindverslag
book Back to the Clinic
July 2020

Book: Back to the Clinic

A Practical Approach to the Veterinary Neurological and Orthopaedic Patient

Veterinarians Frederique Bavelaar and D. C. Aharon give us an invaluable reference work for orthomanual veterinary medicine. The book provides a detailed introduction to the field of orthomanual veterinary medicine and what it entails. It offers practical guidance on the clinical examination, anatomy, pathophysiology, orthopaedics and neurology. With contributions from several European colleagues: Ángel María Hernández Guerra (Prof, DVM, PhD), Franck Forterre (Prof, DVM, DECVS), Laurent Garosi (DVM, DECVN, MRCVS), Paul Mandigers (DVM, PhD, DECVN) and I. M. (Inge) van Geijlswijk (PharmD, PhD).

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A Practical Approach to the Veterinary Neurological and Orthopaedic Patient
In her work as a small animal veterinarian, Dorit Aharon, DVM, saw many dogs and cats with back pain and lameness. Their plight propelled her to develop an improved methodology for diagnosis. In many of her patients, sideways misalignments of vertebrae could be found. With a simple manual repositioning of the misaligned vertebrae, followed by rest, many of her patients recovered. This low-cost treatment protocol has proven beneficial for a large number of dogs and cats, and was further refined into the Aharon Method of orthomanual veterinary medicine. The success of Aharon’s clinical methodology has brought her ever more referrals, leading to her current specialized practice.

Aharon has refined her method with various students. With Frederique Bavelaar she compiled a syllabus for teaching the approach, covering topics like the clinical examination, the anatomy and physiology of the locomotor system, orthopaedics, neurology and metabolic disorders. The current book is an expanded reference on the Aharon Method of orthomanual veterinary medicine. It is a pleasure to see it become available to a wide audience in English. Now, even more colleagues can discover this specialized field of veterinary medicine.

19 June 2020, Prof Erik Gruys




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Magis Uitgeverij
May 2018

CT-poster

"Lower back pain, CT images of the differences, before and after Orthomanual Veterinary Treatment". Poster presentation at the International CT-meeting in Gent Belgium, December 2016

December 2015

JHVMS article 2015

Orthomanual therapy as treatment for suspected thoracolumbar disc disease in dogs

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Article: Charly, a Patient With Lower Back Pain

Michelle Geerts, Iris H. M. van Deur and Dorit C. Aharon, DVM


9 juli 2015

Article from Dier&Arts - 5th Edition 2015

Charly, a Patient With Lower Back Pain

Charly, a 2.5 year old German Shepherd cross, was referred to the Orthomanual Veterinary Clinic in Noorden because she had become unwilling to jump. Charly was diagnosed with lower back pain, caused by degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS). The dog was treated with orthomanipulation, followed by a managed mobility regime. In addition, gait assessments were performed with the use of a pressure plate. Two weeks after treatment the dog could walk very ably and was completely pain free in the lower back. Three months after treatment, her gaits had improved further, and Charly was able to jump without discomfort. Orthomanipulation thus appears to be an effective, non-invasive and economical treatment option for dogs with lower back pain.

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