Veterinary physical rehabilitation is the use of non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical therapies to treat animals with painful or functionally limiting conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems. The aim of rehab is to achieve the highest level of function, independence and quality of life possible for the patient. The rehab services at Kindred-Canines In Motion and Synergy Integrative Veterinary Clinic have been designed to supplement the care already being offered by the pet owner and primary care veterinarian. Working together, our goal is to provide the greatest opportunity for a successful outcome.
Rehab patients can range from young animals with congenital abnormalities to geriatric pets suffering from arthritis. Rehabilitation is also important for patients recovering from surgery or injury. For all patients, the objective of rehab is to improve strength and mobility and decrease pain.
Common conditions that can benefit from rehabilitation include, but are not limited to:
- Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) tear, post-op and non-surgical
- Patellar luxation
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Soft tissue injury/tendonitis
- Post-surgical recovery from femoral head osteotomy (FHO), amputation or fracture repair
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Lumbosacral disease
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Obesity with limited mobility
After an initial physical examination, careful review of the patient’s medical history, and open discussion about the goals of therapy, an individualized treatment plan will be developed. The exercises and treatment modalities selected are tailored to the patient’s needs, and can include both in-clinic and at home therapies.