Physical rehabilitation is the treatment of injury or illness to decrease pain and restore function. On location at Old Dominion Animal Health Center, a Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner works with your pet’s veterinarian to treat a variety of acute, chronic, and post operative conditions.
An animal’s body adapts the way it moves and tries to protect itself after an injury, or when the pet is affected by chronic conditions such as arthritis. These compensatory changes affect movements in the whole body and often increase strain in other areas. Rehabilitative therapies are tailored for each individual pet’s needs. Rehabilitation programs are designed to help pets recover after surgery, soft tissue injury, assist in weight loss and fitness, maintain comfort and mobility for senior pets, or improve overall performance in sporting or working dogs. Some conditions may require surgery or other forms of treatment in conjunction with rehabilitation.
Some common conditions that physical rehabilitation can help treat include:
- Muscle, tendon, ligament injuries
- Hip or elbow dysplasia
- Recovery from hip replacement surgery
- Patellar luxation
- Cruciate ligament injury
- Amputation recovery
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Vestibular disorder
- NMES/TENS (electrical stimulation to help control pain or stimulate muscle contractions)
- Therapeutic ultrasound and phonophoresis
- Passive range of motion
- Manual trigger point release
- Passive and active therapeutic exercise
- Kinesio tape
- Laser therapy
- Pulsed magnetic therapy
- Orthotics and prosthetics
During the initial treatment consultation, the rehabilitation practitioner will obtain an extensive history, take measurements of your pet’s muscle mass, flexibility, and check your pet’s musculature and joints.
With your goals and your pet’s well-being in mind, a program will be developed for each individual pet, and therapies will be started the same day as the consultation. After the initial consultation, owners may attend the sessions or the pet may be dropped off for the day. In-home sessions are also available, in addition to sessions performed while a pet is boarding.