Why is rehabilitation important?
The benefits of physical therapy in humans have had a proven track record of success. Following any injury, orthopedic surgery, or after a neurologic event, rehabilitation starts almost immediately to help regain full function in humans. The same can be held accurate for pets. Our main objectives are to restore function, improve performance, accelerate healing, and decrease pain as well as preventing orthopedic and soft tissue injuries by gaining and maintaining fitness.
What kind of conditions do we treat?
We can help with most orthopedic, soft tissue, neurological and general dysfunction.
- Tendon/ligament injuries/repairs
- Osteochondritis Dessecans
- Sports Injuries
- Fracture Repairs
- Post-Operative Cases
- Muscle Strains / Contractures
- Luxating Patellas
- Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Wobblers Syndrome
- Paresis / Paralysis
- Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
- Chronic Pain
- A decrease in Functional Ability
- Non-Healing Wounds
- Obesity / Weight Reduction and Maintenance
- Strength and Fitness
What can I expect on my first visit for physical therapy?
On your first visit, our certified canine physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to include gathering a detailed medical and lifestyle history of your pet. Records from your referring or primary care veterinarian will be reviewed so we have a complete understanding of your pet’s condition.
How can I tell if my pet is in pain?
There are several things to look for with your pet that may indicate they are experiencing pain:
- Introversion or not seeking attention
- Less activity or playfulness
- Change in personality (more irritable or agitated)
- Panting more often
- A decrease in their appetite
- Reluctance to go up or down stairs
- Cats may stop grooming themselves
- Falling or stumbling
- Gait changes (limping or not bearing full weight)
Why do you use a class 3b LASER, isn’t a class 4 better?
We choose a class 3b laser for several reasons. First, all the research in laser therapy has been done with class 3 lasers, not class 4. Class 4 lasers use heat as their mechanism of action, which has the potential to burn a patient. Class 3 lasers also deliver a more accurate dose to the target tissue. In short, class 3b lasers are safe, effective, and research-backed.