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CCL

One of the most common orthopaedic problems we treat at the Oak is ‘cruciate disease’ (rupture or sprain of the cranial cruciate ligament – CCL) of the dog’s stifle.  The dog’s stifle is very similar in anatomy to the human knee, but the mechanics are quite different as dogs spent most of their time with their stifle held in ‘flexion’ (ie slightly bent), whereas us humans tend to stand with our knee straight.