Michael Jordan may need physical rehabilitation but does my pet?

We have all heard about the great sport stars seeking out a physical therapist for injuries or for surgical recovery. After a series of visits and lots of hard work, they increase their mobility, strength and flexibility. Their continued athletic success is a testament to the efficacy of this therapy.

These restorative benefits of physical rehabilitation have become widely accepted and adopted in the animal care community as well and its growth in availability to pet owners has changed the focus in many veterinary practices to include preventive care as well as curative care.

Canine rehabilitation therapy is an adaptation of human physical therapy using the same techniques to prevent/treat conditions resulting from injury, obesity, disease and surgery that affect a pet’s mobility. Under the supervision of a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP) a pet’s quality of life can improve and their pain decrease.

Techniques used in our physical rehabilitation include thermotherapy, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, cold laser therapy, core strengthening, muscle building exercises and coordination exercises, massage and much more. Each technique is used to increase function and mobility of joints and muscles, improve overall quality of life and decrease pain in animals.

Our CCRP’s are trained by the University of Tennessee and have decades of veterinary medical experience behind them. Our team will design a care plan that utilizes the appropriate techniques for your pet’s individual needs and teach you to continue care, when possible, in your own home.

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Rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as hydrotherapy, laser, shockwave, and chiropractic treatments to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from rehabilitation.

Any pet suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, obesity or muscle weakness can experience an enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation can restore, maintain and promote optimal function and mobility; enhance postoperative recovery; alleviate pain; improve circulation, coordination and range of motion; provide confidence and comfort in geriatric patients.

Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital offers several exciting types of physical rehabilitation therapies to help your pet's return to function after acute injuries. We can also help in the management pain and function from chronic disorders, such as arthritis, cruciate injury, and disc disease. Rehabilitation therapy is all about improving function and controlling pain. We take a holistic approach to rehabilitative therapy, addressing both the cause of the problem as well as the symptoms. Rehabilitation therapy also includes post-surgery and preventative physical conditioning. A full musculoskeletal and neurological exam is preformed to determine best treatment plan for your pet’s condition. It is important to treat not only the primary problem but also treat the compensation to that problem which can be just as painful or dysfunctional. The exam includes range of motion measurements, muscle evaluation, joint evaluation, reflexes, proprioception testing, neck and back assessment and gait analysis.

The following rehabilitation diagnostic and therapies are offered:

  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Under Water Treadmill
  • Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
  • Laser Therapy
  • Assisi Loops (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy)
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Arthroscopic visualization of shoulders
  • Stem cells
  • PRP

Please contact us for more information on our rehabilitation services.

Our Rehabilitation Services

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