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what causes rear leg total weakness and stop moving

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what causes rear leg total weakness and stop moving?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.

This is most likely post-op inflammation after the back surgery. That can lead to worsening of signs before the signs improve. We usually think of the inflammation lasting 1-2 weeks post-op. After that, we should have nice gradual return of function.

I would have the neurologist or surgeon check for deep pain sensation- if that is lost now then I would worry about a post-op complication or another disc herniating. As long as deep pain is intact, then we should be ok.

Just be aware that full return to function can take months. Continue with the physical therapy- stretching, range of motion, controlled standing- until things improve.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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