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Physical Rehabilitation

As time goes by I have seen many changes in veterinary medicine and how we take care of our pets. My own experience with the relationship I have with my own four legged friends has not changed much over time but I have noticed that these days the love and appreciation in those relationships is more publicly accepted and the ways in which we can celebrate and show those relationships has blossomed! How we approach veterinary medicine is one of many ways we can show that love.

My excitement and enthusiasm for physical rehabilitation stems from that ability to look with new eyes at how we manage and treat pain from many sources. As we all look for more “natural” ways to help our pets, we as veterinarians, have looked to human physical therapists to learn ways about the physical mechanics of muscle, bone, and tissue to discover how we can work with the natural processes of healing and strength training to aid in recovery while trying to minimize the use of drugs. It seems in the past we have overlooked how our patients heal and what we might do to help that process. Often surgical techniques are offered, completed and are ultimately successful but there seems to be a large gap between the time of surgery and the final outcome where we could offer much more to ease the pain and lack of mobility that ensues during that time.

Human physical therapists have long known the need to fill that gap. Is it because our patients cannot talk that we have ignored this need for so long? Now that our relationships with our four legged friends are recognized more than ever before we have become more aware of how we might help them through difficult times so that we can continue to celebrate the joy that they bring to our lives!

is more publicly accepted and the ways in
which we can celebrate and show those
relationships has blossomed! How we approach
veterinary medicine is one of many
ways we can show that love.

My excitement and enthusiasm for physical
rehabilitation stems from that ability to
look with new eyes at how we manage and
treat pain from many sources. As we all
look for more



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