How to Perform a Tibial Thrust in a Dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

March 2024

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Chris Ralphs, DACVS at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, reviews how to perform a tibial thrust. There are several ways to diagnose an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)/cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) tear in a dog on physical exam. If you’re trying to figure out how to diagnose a CCL in a dog, the tibial thrust is a “classic” sign that can be seen. Although the classic way to do it is with a positive drawer sign, the tibial thrust procedure is an easier way to diagnose a ligament tear with the dog in the standing position. In this video, Dr. Ralphs demonstrates how to perform this test and compares it to the drawer test when diagnosing a ligament tear.

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