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Physical rehabilitation is an essential tool in veterinary medicine for many purposes, such as reducing pain and inflammation, improving mobility and function, neuromuscular re-education and increasing the overall comfort of your pet while recovering from injury, surgery, and many other conditions.
Like us, our pets can benefit from physical rehabilitation: to better recover from joint and muscle trauma, orthopedic and neurological surgeries, and for geriatric wellness. Physical rehabilitation is also useful for pets who aren’t injured or sick. For example, many people seek physical therapy programs for their pets to achieve weight loss or for strength training. From canine athletes to working dogs to weekend warriors looking to hit the trail after a quiet season, there are programs and therapies that can benefit nearly every pet.
Home based exercise plans and rehabilitation programs are customized to each individual pet. We encourage the pet owners to take an active role in their pet’s recovery by meeting with our rehabilitation practitioner to develop a program specific to their pet. Our rehabilitation services are available to all pet owners and are coordinated by our Canine Rehabilitation professionals and with your pet’s primary care veterinarian.
Pain management has grown in the past several years to incorporate more than just non-steroidal and narcotic pain relievers. Pain management is essential with acute injuries and post-operative care, but also important in our pet’s with chronic pain or dysfunction. Physical rehabilitation and complementary modalities such as Acupuncture can supplement medications or surgical intervention, if needed, to help improve our pets function and overall quality of life. New modalities continue to be developed and become more readily available every year to help our pets live a longer, more comfortable life.
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless process that utilizes light to stimulate cells and increase blood flow. It has been effective in treating soft tissue damage, reducing pain and inflammation, and increasing cell growth. Sessions are short and often done in conjunction with physical therapy exercises.
Acupuncture has been practiced throughout the world – most notably in Eastern cultures, for thousands of years. The practice of Acupuncture is becoming more widely used in all cultures, either alone or in combination with Western Medicine, for a variety of ailments. This practice primarily promotes integrated medicine – using acupuncture in combination with more conventional therapy to achieve the best outcome.
Acupuncture is frequently a tool reached for as part of a comprehensive physical rehabilitation and/or pain management program and is commonly used as part of a treatment plan for the following: