Physiotherapy and rehab are an extremely important part to the overall treatment process. To be able to return to their normal everyday lives, pets need to go through proper therapy just as in humans.There are specialists for this who know what to do.
The most common areas of treatment are performance enhancement, treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and enhancement of quality of life for animals with degenerative conditions.
Physiotherapy consultations combine a full clinical assessment with treatment protocols tailored to restore and maintain an animal’s mobility, function and performance. The owner is present the entire time and is advised over how to continue the treatment and rehabilitation at home. They are encouraged to bring their pet to the centre for their treatment as this is the most effective place to conduct the consultation, however, on occasions it may be necessary to see the patient in their home environment. This can also be arranged if required.
Rehabilitation programs are developed for each veterinary patient based on their specific problems and their unique needs in order to clinically progress.
Goals For Post Operative Rehabilitation
To strengthen muscles
To reverse muscle atrophy
Increasing range of motion
Providing mental stimulation for pets who have had restricted activity
Improving coordination and balance
Types of Surgical Cases Where Rehabilitation Therapy Is Beneficial
Soft Tissue cases – wound care, degloving injuries, mass removals involving the underlying muscle tissue