Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Wendy Davies and dog in pool

All veterinary patients benefit from rehabilitation.  However, substantial benefits may be gained with rehabilitation for animals with the following conditions:

  • Post orthopedic surgery
  • Post neurologic surgery
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Non-operable orthopedic conditions (conditions in which surgery may be avoided or delayed, such as grade I-II MPL, early partial CCL rupture, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia)
  • Non-operable neurologic conditions (FCE)
  • Post amputation
  • Chronic, non-healing wound
  • Muscle wasting (Cushings disease, chemotherapy, etc.)
  • Geriatric animals
  • Canine athletes

Assessment

The first and most important part of rehab is establishment of a complete diagnosis. Often, animals with an obvious (or not so obvious) injury in one limb will develop compensatory changes in the rest of the body. We perform a thorough orthopedic and neurologic examination that documents and addresses all musculoskeletal abnormalities. Serial examinations will be performed at regular intervals to assess the effects of therapy and changes in the body.

Based on the results of the examination and patient history, an individualized treatment plan will be developed for each veterinary patient. A home exercise plan will be a key component of each plan, and exercises will be demonstrated to owners during the initial consult.

Photo of a pug with glasses on, receiving therapy from a veterinarian.

Rehabilitation Therapy Appointments

If therapeutic modalities, hydrotherapy, or additional exercise therapy are recommended, patients will be scheduled for sessions throughout the week. Each patient will be given a half or full hour time slot (depending on the therapy) that will be dedicated toward his or her treatment. Sessions may be recommended up to 3 times/week.

Services Offered             

  • Photobiomodulation (LASER) Therapy
  • Underwater treadmill
  • Swimming
  • Land/incline treadmill
  • Exercise equipment (including strength, balance and proprioception training)
  • Manual therapy (range of motion/ stretching, joint mobilization, massage)
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy*
  • Regenerative Medicine (Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Hyaluronic Acid, Stem Cells, Steroids) **
  • Acupuncture/ Dry needling
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation (TENS and NMES)
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy
  • Cold compression therapy/ heat therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Custom orthoses and prosthetics fitting
  • Mobility cart fitting

*Shockwave therapy requires sedation.

**Stem cell therapy requires heavy sedation or general anesthesia for cell collection and sedation 1 month later for stem cell injection.

**Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) requires a blood draw and sedation for injection, this can be performed same day.

**Steroid injections may be recommended for delivery into joints or into the epidural space for lower back pain, this requires sedation.

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