The physical rehabilitation of animals is a new area of veterinary medicine which has become essential in providing the best opportunities for our pets to recover from orthopedic surgery, soft tissue injuries and beat the pain and immobility of arthritis.
Athletes, non-athletes, working dogs and geriatrics can all benefit from veterinary rehabilitation. Indications for rehabilitative therapy include but are not limited to post operative recovery, neurological conditions, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease, pain control, sports related injuries, performance problems, weight loss and conditioning. Other areas of complimentary and integrative medicine such as chiropractic, acupuncture, traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, and massage therapy have also all shown significant therapeutic response in helping our pets, feel better, work better, play better and live better.
Physical rehabilitation modalities, when used properly, assist in treating orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, and chronic conditions brought about by normal aging in our small animal companions. These musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions can result in weakness, pain, decreased range of motion, loss of coordination, decreased endurance and difficulty with normal daily activities.
• Therapeutic ultrasound provides thermal and non thermal mechanical stimulation to promote tissue healing of muscle, tendon, joint capsule, ligament and bone. Therapeutic ultrasound can improve mobility, promote soft tissue wellness, reduce scar tissue and enhance bone repair.
• TENS or Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation decreases pain by providing a low level electrical current which disrupts the normal pain perception pathways.
• Laser is light energy used to stimulate healing, provide pain relief, and facilitate the reorganization of injured tissues.
• Neuromuscular electrical stimulation uses a low level electrical current that decreases swelling and allows muscle contraction and recruitment after orthopedic or neurological injury.
• Magnetic field therapy utilizes the power of a pulsed magnetic field to aid in tissue repair, cellular wellness and relaxation.
• Manual therapy techniques include mobilization of extremity joints and spine, soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial release. These techniques can increase circulation, improve joint range of motion and enhance soft tissue mobility.
• Underwater treadmill therapy utilizes the buoyancy, resistance and hydrostatic properties of water to promote an increase range of motion of joints in a regulated environment.
• Swimming also uses these properties of water to strengthen muscles and promote aerobic fitness without impact on joints.
Physical rehabilitation relies on veterinary diagnostics and proper veterinary diagnosis in order to establish a correct treatment plan. When looking for a state-of-the-art rehabilitation clinic, pet owners should look for a clinic with a warm and comfortable atmosphere for their pets. This essential setting supports relaxation and trust, major components that aid physical rehabilitative therapies. This environment combined with utilization of state-of-the-art equipment will better position your pet to resume their previous rewardiing lifestyle.
Compliments of Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group 301-560-1397, 410-418-8446