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Get Back To Life

Veterinary physical rehabilitation focuses on helping your pet regain normal mobility. A variety of problems, from injuries, to neurologic conditions, to surgical recovery, can impede your pet’s ability to use their full range of movement, which can cause frustration and impact their quality of life. Led by a veterinarian certified in canine rehabilitation therapy (CCRT) and veterinary acupuncture (CVA), our physical rehabilitation team will carefully assess your pet to identify their mobility deficits, and develop a customized treatment plan to help them recover more quickly. Our physical rehabilitation department will work closely with our emergency, surgery, and critical care departments to develop the most holistic and integrative plan that will address your pet’s recovery from all angles.

Physical rehabilitation provides many benefits, including:

  • Improved flexibility and agility
  • Faster post-surgical recovery
  • Pain management
  • Prevention of muscle atrophy during recovery
  • Targeted therapy to prevent future injury

Physical Rehabilitation Treatment Modalities

Veterinary physical rehabilitation encompasses a variety of different therapies to help pets regain their mobility. Most treatment plans include a combination of the following treatment modalities:

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses light power, or photons, to stimulate tissue at the cellular level.  Absorbed light energy causes endorphin release, vasodilation, muscle relaxation, and increased circulation. These physical changes reduce inflammation and pain, and encourage faster healing and repair.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy

PEMF therapy sends pulsed electromagnetic fields into the body’s tissues to affect a variety of biological processes that encourage healing and repair. PEMF can encourage bone and wound healing, and reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS is a form of electrotherapy that involves transmitting a low-frequency electrical current through the tissues to activate underlying nerves. This therapy helps relax muscles, relieve pain and inflammation.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy refers to treatments including joint manipulation, passive range of motion, kneading, stroking, or tapotement (i.e., tapping) to improve posture and gait, manage pain, increase circulation and flexibility.

Therapeutic Exercises

Our physical rehabilitation team uses a variety of exercises to help pets regain strength, balance, and agility. Most pets can benefit from therapeutic exercises, and they are incorporated into most recovery plans. While our rehabilitation team will help your pet perform a series of exercises, we often prescribe exercises that can also be performed at home to help them recover more quickly.

Acupuncture & Electroacupuncture

Acupuncture involves placing needles at specific points along the body, for nerve stimulation and pain control. Electroacupuncture, which involves passing an electrical current between pairs of acupuncture needles, enhances acupuncture’s effects.

Physical rehabilitation can benefit most pets who are recovering from surgery, injury, or arthritis, and is a helpful addition to traditional medical therapy. Our rehabilitation team looks forward to helping your pet get back to normal activity.