Stance analysis is a diagnostic procedure that shows how an animal's weight is distributed across each of their limbs. By rapidly capturing multiple snapshots of weight bearing in each limb and comparing the readings to standard weight-bearing data, we can quickly see if a patient is exhibiting lameness and isolate any issue to specific limb/limbs, so we can begin treatment sooner.
A tool called a "Stance Analyzer" can be used to quickly and easily perform the stance analysis by placing the patient on the special mat, with one paw in each quadrant, and using a remote to capture multiple weight bearing measurements that are averaged for a final reading. The results can then be saved and reviewed as part of a wellness, and or lameness assessment.
Using the Stance Analyzer as a part of a standard wellness exam allows us to identify a problem that may not yet be obvious. When used during a problem appointment, stance analysis helps to pinpoint where a problem is originating.