Conditions treated with PT and Rehab

(As stated by the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians)

Many of these conditions may require surgical treatment for optimal outcome. Physical therapy will hasten recovery as well as insure a greater chance of full return to function than surgery alone. In cases where surgery is not an option, physical therapy helps keep the muscles in optimum condition to best support the pet with ongoing condition.

Osteoarthritis – increases range of motion, decreases inflammation and need for medications

Obesity – weight loss programs can be designed for each individual

Hip dysplasia – builds supporting muscle mass, increases mobility and comfort

Muscle injuries – speeds healing, decreases inflammation, prevents scarring, restores normal functional length

Back injuries – increases muscle support to prevent reinjury, manage pain

Spinal injury/IVDD – decreases spasticity, pain management, earlier ambulation

Spondylosis – manages pain, maintain flexibility and strength

Arthrodesis – faster adaptation, support of surrounding joints

Joint replacements – faster adaptation, improves coordination & strength

Fractures – faster recovery, prevents muscle contracture

Cruciate injury – speeds and improves recovery, restores extension, decreases inflammation

Amputation – adaptation, builds supporting muscles, manages pain

Shoulder OCD – increases mobility, strengthens

Elbow dysplasia – increases mobility, decreases inflammation, strengthens

Joint dislocation – strengthens supporting muscles & ligaments, prevents reinjury

Patellar luxation – strengthens of quadriceps, prevents reinjury

Tendon injury – increases range of motion and strength, decreases inflammation and scar tissue

Peripheral nerve injury – speeds recovery, functional adaptation, manages pain

Neuromuscular disease – strengthens, adaptation, pain management

Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE) – can hasten recovery, improve coordination

Degenerative myelopathy (DM) – helps to maintain muscle function and prolong life

Cauda Equina Syndrome – manages pain, maintains strength and function

Vestibular disorders – improves balance and coordination, decreases injury