About Carpal Braces
A carpal brace provides support to the carpal joint. The carpal joint is located on the front limb. The carpal joint has three sites of articulation. The antebrachiocarpal joint, the middle carpal joint, and the carpometacarpal joint. The antebrachiocarpal joint is responsible for the primary amount of articulation. The carpal joint can be prone to injury as a shock absorbing joint. Think of a the ground reaction forces the joint absorbs when a dog repeatability jumps off a high bed or couch. This is known as a chronic or repetitive type of injury. When a dog jumps off a high cliff or building, this would be a traumatic type of injury. The type of injury would determine the brace design and wear schedule.
Rigid Carpal Brace
Common Type of Carpal Injuries
Carpal injuries can be thought of in three different ways. A fracture is a injury to the bones. Avulsion fractures are most common. An avulsion fracture occurs at the ligament attachment site on the bone. A joint can be dislocated. A dislocation is known as a luxation. A luxation is an abnormal separation where the two bones meet. A partial dislocation is called a subluxation. A injury to the ligament is known as a sprain. A sprain can vary in the severity of the sprain. A grade I sprain is the least severe. Typically thought of as over stretching the ligament. A grade II would be a partial tearing of the ligament. A grade III is a partial to full tearing of the ligament. The grade III will present with the greatest amount of instability at the joint.