Cranial Cruciate Injury: A Global Approach to Treatment

Cranial Cruciate Injury: A Global Approach to Treatment

Instructor: Dr. Sherman O. Canapp, Jr., DVM, MS, CCRT
Course Type: On-Demand Webinar

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Without a doubt, the most common cause of hind limb lameness in dogs worldwide is injury to the cranial cruciate ligament. In dogs, we call it the CCL, in humans it’s the ACL. Unfortunately, once a CCL injury occurs in one stifle (knee), the chance of injury/tearing of the CCL in the opposite stifle is greater than 50%.

If the injury is caught early, before a complete tear occurs, there are conservative holistic options including rehabilitation therapy and even regenerative medicine treatments (platelet rich plasma, stem cell therapy, etc.). If the tear is more advanced, however, surgical treatment is usually recommended.

If surgery is recommended, which procedure is best for your particular dog? Are there conservative alternatives (such as stifle braces) if you can’t afford surgery, or if your dog is geriatric, or has medical issues which restrict the dog's ability to have anesthesia or surgery?

In this webinar, we take a deep dive into all aspects of CCL injuries in dogs. We will cover everything from the performance-related signs being noted in training, competition, or playing in the yard; physical exam findings; anatomy; basic to advanced diagnostic techniques; novel treatment options; cause of injury; post-injury rehab techniques and maintenance (including supplements, home exercises, etc.).

Using an evidence-based medicine approach, we will discuss treatment options that range from rehabilitation therapy to surgery to hinged stifle braces to regenerative medicine. The webinar will include specific details that allow dog owners to be aware of all current treatment options and make an educated decision should this injury occur to their canine companion or athlete. The webinar will also give specific details that allow the clinician to incorporate these treatment options into their daily practice.

Whether you train and compete in performance dog sports or have an active canine companion, this webinar will be useful for you. If you are a veterinarian or rehab specialist that has not incorporated stifle braces or regenerative medicine treatments, this webinar will be useful for you. It’s all about education, awareness, early identification, and prevention.

NOTE: RACE approved - 2 CE credits.

What is included with your purchase?

  • A 1 hour, 33 minute presentation by Dr. Sherman Canapp 
  • A video of the 59-minute long question and answer session hosted by Dr. Debra Canapp and Dr. Sherman Canapp where they answered questions about the webinar presentation
  • Access on mobile devices and your computer.
  • Downloadable content for off-line access 
  • Keep what you buy—No expiring content; after the course ends, you won't be able to ask questions, but the content is still available to you



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Dr. Sherman Canapp, originally from Maryland, was the first to complete a combined DVM/MS at Kansas State University. Dr. Canapp then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri followed by a three-year residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Canapp is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, where is Past President of the college. Dr. Canapp is currently the National Director of Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine for Pathway Vet Alliance.

Dr. Canapp is the co-founder of the Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. Dr. Canapp routinely receives referrals for sports related injuries, arthroscopic procedures and regenerative medicine treatments from domestic and international sources. Dr. Canapp’s primary caseload is performance, sporting and working dogs.  

Dr. Canapp is also the President and CEO of Orthobiologic Innovations LLC (OBI), a translational medicine company that focuses on product design, development, and testing of orthopedic and arthroscopic devices, instrumentations, medical systems, biologics and regenerative medicine technologies. OBI is also actively involved in designing and performing clinical trials.  

Dr. Canapp created the VOSM Academy, LLC educational training programs for veterinarians interested in bringing high level sports and regenerative medicine, rehabilitation therapy, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and arthroscopic procedures to their practice in the US and abroad. The VOSMA Certification Program allows clinicians to be trained and certified by Drs. Canapp, and once trained become an official VOSM affiliate location. Certified practitioners/locations include Seattle, Philadelphia, Nashville, Finland and Australia.

Dr. Canapp established Project GO (Global Orthopedics for Animals) which is a non-profit foundation (501c3) dedicated to helping animals with musculoskeletal injuries. Project GO provides support to animals from various organizations including government working dogs, rescue centers and wildlife sanctuaries. If an organization demonstrates financial limitations, and committee approval is reached, PG then funds the orthopedic procedures necessary for the injured animal.

Canapp Sports Medicine, LLC (CSM) is a virtual sports medicine educational platform, which provides teleconsultations / telemedicine / teletraining to veterinarians and performance dog owners around the world. CSM also offers virtual educational content and webinars in the areas of canine sports related injuries, supplements, sports medicine related products, devices and technologies.  Product reviews and recommendations are also provided.