& Management / Disease
Investigation & Management / Techniques:
Hinged Brace for Soft Tissue Joint Injury
||The following is a
description of taping used to support a partially ruptured Achilles' tendon
in a crane, caused by a traumatic injury.
- Remove feathers from the leg where tape is to be placed.
- Place tape anchors - strips of tape going around the leg, several
centimetres above and below the metatarsal joint.
- Make sure the tape is applied smoothly; mould the tape using
your palm and the heel of your hand.
- Place the leg in partial flexion
- Initially, taping was placed to allow motion up to 10 degrees.
- Place a tape strip from the top anchor to the bottom anchor along
the Achilles' tendon
- Protect any wound/stitches using a small piece of gauze pad to
ensure the tape does not stick to the wound.
- Place another one or two strips on top of the first strip.
- Use further tape strips around the leg on top of the anchors to
secure the strapping.
- After seven days, remove the strapping and replace, gradually
increasing the degree of flexion allowed by the tape.
- In this crane, the tape was first used at 14 days post injury,
after initial healing of skin wounds had taken place; prior to this,
a splint bandage was used with a plastic half-pipe. (P6.4.w9)
- Days 14-42, 10 degrees flexion was permitted.
- Days 42-56, 20 degrees flexion was permitted.
- Days 56-94, 40 degrees flexion was permitted.
- Days 94-122, 80 degrees flexion was permitted.
- Day 122, tape was removed.
- Unrestricted use of the leg was possible by 130 days.
|Appropriate Use (?)
- To support injured tendons or ligaments and prevent stretching while
maintaining partial weight bearing. (P6.4.w9)
- This improves strength of the repaired tissue, compared to
repairs taking place in the absence of any weight bearing. (P6.4.w9)
|Complications/ Limitations / Risk
||Improperly applied tape may
|Equipment / Chemicals required and Suppliers
|Expertise level / Ease of Use
||This procedure should be
carried out by an individual with appropriate clinical training and
|Legal and Ethical Considerations
||Inappropriate use or poor
application of this technique may cause further suffering to the bird and
have implications under animal welfare legislation.
||Debra Bourne MA VetMB PhD