Rehabilitation after Surgery or Injury

rehabilitation

For a Speedier Recovery

Therapeutic programmes can be developed for your pets that will improve the outcome of surgery and aid a speedier recovery after surgery or injury, enabling pets to regain mobility and reduce pain quickly.

Benefits include:

  • Pain Relief with less need for pain killers
  • Increased range of joint movement
  • Quicker return to normal functioning
  • Increased muscular strength and endurance
  • Improved balance and co-ordination
  • Independence and improved performance

Pets can benefit from therapeutic rehabilitation programmes in a variety of situations:

  • Rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Canine sports injuries

A combination of therapies are used depending on the pet’s needs Initially your pet will be assessed so that a tailored programme can be developed to meet their individual needs. It can involve a combination of:

 Physiotherapy - Hydrotherapy - Acupuncture

 Exercise - Advice on Adaptations to your Pet’s Environment

Physiotherapy

Animals, like people, respond well to physiotherapy. When used before or after surgery, or after injury, it can enable pets to recover more quickly. Our ACPAT qualified experts in animal physiotherapy mobilise joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, carry out therapeutic massage, myofascial trigger point release. They also use additional therapies including ultrasound, magnetic therapy and TENS. The diagram below shows how to tell if your pet is overweight.

Hydrotherapy

The use of controlled exercise in warm water has long been used in the field of human rehabilitation and has shown a wide range of benefits after orthopaedic surgery to improve recovery Our underwater treadmill allows the patient to exercise while being supported by water allowing the joints to experience less load than they would walking in fresh air. It reduces the stress on joints while minimising pain and allows easier movement and extended range of motion for stiff joints and increases muscle strength and endurance. After a little hesitation most dogs tend to enjoy the whole experience.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to have a painkilling effect in both humans and animals by triggering the hypothalamus-pituitary glands to release neurotransmitters and ‘natural painkilling’ hormones.

Exercise

In many instances specific exercises can further improve recovery after surgery or injury. Our physiotherapists will devise individual exercise programmes to help each animal to reach their full potential.

Advice on Adaptations to your Pet's Environment

Dog physiotherapists can also give advice on adaptations to your animals' environment that will help them perform tasks more easily. This can be especially helpful for older animals or for those who have recently had surgery.

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