Canine rehabilitation is a new and rapidly-growing veterinary specialty dedicated to helping pets recover from debilitating injury, orthopedic surgery, or neurologic surgery. Rehabilitation can improve your pet’s quality of life by helping him/her return as quickly as possible to a normal lifestyle.
Just as your surgeon would prescribe physical therapy to you after a knee replacement surgery, veterinary surgeons are recommending rehabilitation therapy for our four-legged friends post-operatively for many conditions. Rehabilitation therapy can reduce pain and inflammation, shorten healing time and speed return to function just as in humans. Depending on your pet’s needs, therapies include:
- Underwater treadmill exercise
- Land treadmill
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Hot/cold therapy
- Therapeutic exercises