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A CCL/ACL dog brace provides support and stabilization to the knee joint. When the ligament is torn, the knee becomes unstable and joint is subject to abnormal or excessive motion. The knee brace helps control the forward slide of the tibia on the femur, which is the main role of the cranial cruciate ligament. Supporting and stabilizing the knee joint, the brace contributes to healing by allowing scar tissue formation. Even though the CCL gets all the attention, it is one of four ligaments that help stabilize the knee, along with the posterior cruciate and lateral (outside) and medial (inside) collateral ligaments. The brace supports of all four ligaments, when the CCL is compromised.
Every dog is different so there is no concrete answer. It depends on many factors such as age, severity of the tear, and the treatment options that are used to help in the recovery process. If used consistently and as a continuehere are alternatives to invasive surgery, proper rehabilitation focused on muscle strengthening, laser treatments, underwater treadmills are becoming more well known and available.