Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I am so sorry no one has assisted you yet today and that your Golden has this injury.
This is a common injury in more active dogs and can take some time to heal, similar to a groin injury in a person it can happen with normal activity of a walk or more likely chasing a ball, swimming, or agility work. I have a dog personally that has a chronic ilipsoas injury and requires regular physical therapy to work out the muscle
strain and prevent further injury.
Treatment initially is rest to allow the muscle to heal. I also will supplement with laser therapy at this point because it really can make a huge difference in comfort. This is something that is increasing in availability and if your veterinary clinic does not have it available, it will definitely be something that a rehabilitation center will have.
Once healing has occurred, physical therapy can help to rebuild the muscle and prevent reinjury. This is what I do regularly for my dog (along with laser therapy) because she is a very active 7 year old German Shepherd
but for her specifically if I go more than 4-6 weeks without therapy she will start to have tightening again. The great thing about physical therapy is they will give you home exercises as well to help build the strength and so the physical therapy itself might change week to week or month to month (if this is needed) as he rebuilds his strength with the home exercises...
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