Effect of single dose radiation therapy on weight-bearing lameness in dogs with elbow osteoarthritis

Amy Kapatkin, Barbro Filliquist, Tanya C. Garcia, Maureen A. Griffin, Alain P Theon, Sun Kim, Kei Hayashi

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Objectives: To determine if a single low dose of radiation therapy in dogs with osteoarthritis of the elbow joint was associated with a detectable improvement in their lameness and pain as documented by force platform gait analysis. Methods: In this cohort longitudinal observational study, five Labrador Retrievers with lameness due to elbow osteoarthritis that was unresponsive to medical treatment were removed from all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications. A single treatment of radiation therapy delivering 10 Gray was performed on the affected elbow joint(s). Force platform gait analysis was used to assess the ground reaction forces of a limb affected with elbow osteoarthritis both before and after radiation therapy. Results: Significant differences occurred in the weight-bearing on an affected limb with elbow osteoarthritis after radiation therapy at weeks six and 14. Change due to treatment was particularly apparent in dogs with unilateral elbow osteoarthritis. Clinical significance: Administering a single low dose of radiation therapy may have a short-term benefit in dogs with elbow osteoarthritis, which is similar to the evidence supporting the use of radiation therapy in horses with orthopaedic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-343
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016


  • Elbow
  • Force platform gait analysis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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