Well, rehabilitation may be the answer to your problems. Rehabilitation is a wonderful new field of veterinary medicine, similar to physical therapy that is performed on people. Rehabilitation can be of benefit for animals with arthritis, knee injuries, muscle injuries or weakness, spinal problems, and in any animal recovering from an orthopedic or neurologic surgery. There are numerous benefits of rehabilitation, including decreasing the recovery time and potential complications following a surgery or injury, decreasing pain and swelling, improving joint flexibility, increasing muscle strength and en-durance, and is a non-invasive approach to improving the mental and physical well-being of your pets.
The rehabilitation process entails locating a veterinary rehabilitator that can perform a neuromuscular exam, evaluate your pets x-rays and overall condition, and prescribe a rehabilitation program tailored to the needs of your pet.
One of the most recent advances in Veterinary Medicine for the treatment of arthritis is Pulsed Signal Therapy (PST). It is the only form of arthritis treatment that actually targets the underlying cause of the pain: degeneration of the joint cartilage and tissue. All other forms of treatment help to alleviate the symptoms. The unique quality of PST is its use of electrical impulses to stimulate the regeneration of joint cartilage and tissue. PST is non-invasive, has no known side effects, and is effective in most cases for relieving pain and improving mobility associated with arthritis. PST is wonderful for dogs that cannot tolerate anti-inflammatory medications. The treatment process involves placing the affected joint or limb in the electrical field that is transmitted by a machine that looks like a mini CT scan. Each treatment lasts 30 minutes and consecutive daily treatments are usually required.
Thanks to veterinary rehabilitation, there are now additional therapies to improve your pet’s quality of life.
For more information, contact Dr. Kim Danoff of Veterinary Holistic and Rehabilitation Center. Additional information on rehab and Pulsed Signal Therapy can be found at www.kimdanoffdvm.org.