Overview

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.

Rehabilitaion Therapy

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

  • Pain management
  • Decreasing discomfort
  • To strengthen muscles
  • To reverse muscle atrophy
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Reducing inflammation
  • 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
  • Oncology cases – concurrent pain management assistance, amputation patients
  • Neurologic cases – IVDD, nerve sheath tumor surgeries,
  • Orthopedic cases, etc.

Evaluation And Assessment

Evaluation and assessment is made on the following bases:-

  • Evaluation of movement,
  • Spinal and joint function,
  • Coordination,
  • Range of motion,
  • Strength,
  • Neurological function and
  • Special tests.

Therapy Techniques

Therapy utilises manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, modalities (such as laser, estim, ultrasound, shockwave) and exercising of prescription.

Depending on the case, a variety of exercises or any combination of these methods may be used for rehabilitation like:-

  • Electrical stimulation,
  • Therapeutic ultrasound,
  • Underwater treadmill,
  • Swimming,
  • Acoustic compression therapy,
  • Massage,
  • Laser therapy,
  • Acupuncture,
  • Veterinary spinal manipulation.