Just as people receive physical therapy after an injury, physical rehabilitation has become an option for your pet as well.
After surgery for problems such as torn ligaments, broken bones, or ruptured disks in the spine, and after regenerative medicine therapies, our vets may deem it appropriate that your pet can be placed on a specific therapeutic program to help him or her recover faster. Rehabilitation modalities including walking in the water of an underwater treadmill or receiving light therapy from a therapeutic laser to decrease pain and increase a pet’s range of motion when walking. These types of rehabilitative therapies, along with others, aid in the success of the surgery and your pet’s overall well-being.
It is also a great option to consider rehabilitation for issues that do not necessarily warrant surgery. Pets that suffer from chronic arthritis, nerve injury or sprains and strains can be excellent candidates for receiving rehab. The exercise will help keep your pet from losing muscle mass while working on balance to maintain proper posture during all sorts of activities.
Whether it is an acute injury, or a chronic ailment, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, and laser therapy gives you another alternative to consider when exploring options for your pet. Our pets are living longer, so allowing your pet to participate in this aspect of veterinary medicine ensures a better quality of life for many years to come!