Tia presented to Hamilton Specialist Referrals (HSR) as an emergency following a road traffic accident. Unfortunately, she sustained a severe injury which resulted in her being paralysed in her back legs. Her out of hours vet service promptly identified this and acquired some x-rays of her back (see images below). The x-rays revealed a high suspicion of a back fracture (red arrows) and as such, Tia was referred to HSR for emergency treatment. On presentation, Tia was very bright but unable to walk.
Luckily, Tia was still able to feel her back legs. The prognosis for being able to walk again after a back fracture is good, provided patients can feel their toes, despite not being able to move them. Therefore, we gave Tia every opportunity and began treatment.