Rehabilitation Therapy

The benefits of physical rehabilitation aren’t just for humans anymore. Physical rehabilitation can help provide the right environment and assist with the management of orthopedic disorders, neurological disorders, weight loss, injuries, and to keep the canine athlete in top condition. 

Physical rehabilitation can improve physical well being and provide benefits such as:

  • Reduced inflammation & pain
  • Increased mobility, strength & function
  • Enhanced recovery from surgery or injury
  • Improved fitness & weight loss
  • Improved performance & reduced risk of injury
  • Improved quality of life

Rehabilitation Evaluation

Your pet will be assessed thoroughly by rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Tara Edwards. A full history, physical examination, gait and movement analysis are used to create an individualized rehabilitation program for your pet. Each assessment includes a thorough nutritional, musculoskeletal, neurological, and myofascial evaluation.  You will have the option to continue with an in-clinic rehabilitation program or be provided with a customized outpatient rehabilitation plan.

Why a Rehabilitation Veterinarian?

Rehabilitation veterinarians have extensive education in the areas of rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurological dysfunction, myofascial disorders, as well as pain management. This can assist in treating your pet by designing a therapeutic plan that has been customized for their individual needs. 

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Surgeries
    • Post-operative orthopedics
    • Pre-operative orthopedics
    • Conservative treatment options if surgery is not an option
  • Soft tissue conditions
    • Tendon & muscle injuries
  • Neurological conditions 
    • Post-operative cases
    • Conservative management options for intervertebral disc disease
  • Arthritis & geriatrics
  • Fitness & weight loss
  • Palliative care programs
    • Focus on pain management & supporting normal function

Rehabilitation Services Provided

  • Rehabilitation consultations
  • Weight bearing analysis
  • Weight management counselling 
  • Tailored home exercise plans
  • Medical Acupuncture
    • Utilizes small needles to stimulate the nervous system which can assist with pain management, promotes function following a nerve or spinal cord injury,encourages normal physiological processes of the gastrointestinal system & immune system
  • Low Level Laser Therapy (Class 3b)
    • Utilizes light energy to enhance wound healing, control pain, decrease inflammation, manage swelling, assist in injury recovery, ease muscle spasms, & promote nerve recovery
  • Land-Based Treadmill
    • Utilized for cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal conditioning, & to promote appropriate gait patterning
  • Underwater Treadmill 
    • Utilizes the buoyancy of water to provide a more comfortable environment for patients who have had orthopedic surgeries, injuries, arthritis, & neurological conditions
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation
    • Utilizes an electrical current to maintain muscle strength, facilitate muscle re-education, increase circulation, & improve muscle function
  • Manual Therapy
    • Includes range of motion, stretching, & joint mobilizations which can be utilized to promote joint health & function
  • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Customized activity that may include inflatable balance equipment, cavalettis, & exercises which target balance, strength & coordination
  • Thermotherapy & Cryotherapy
    • Altering tissue temperature can assist with reducing muscle tension, improving tissue flexibility, and helps to manage inflammation, swelling & pain
  • PEMF Therapy
    • The Assisi loop uses targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy to reduce discomfort, enhance circulation, & support the healing process
  • Other
    • Orthotics casting & fitting which includes cruciate braces from Orthopets
    • Wheel chair fitting & ordering from Walkin’ Wheels
    • Assistive devices such as Help ‘Em Up Harness

If you are concerned about your pet’s level of discomfort, physical well-being, or their recovery process please speak to the rehabilitation service at Tri Lake Animal Hospital & Referral Centre.

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