Caudal Cruciate TEAR

Caudal Cruciate TEAR

What is a caudal cruciate ligament tear?

The caudal cruciate ligament does the opposite of what the cranial cruciate ligament does. The caudal cruciate ligament attaches from the back of the tibia to the front of the femur, preventing excessive backward translation of the tibia. Isolated tears of the caudal cruciate ligament are usually caused by a blow to the front of the tibia and forcing it backwards on your dog’s leg. Since it takes a good amount of force to tear the caudal cruciate ligament, other ligamentous structures can be damaged as well. This is not a common injury, but one we see a few times a year.

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