Thursday, March 3, 2011

There is a Reason for Rehab

Physical rehabilitation uses manual manipulation, physical modalities, therapeutic exercise, and functional training to treat neuromusculoskeletal disorders such as hip and elbow dysplasia, nerve injuries and post -operative orthopedic injuries.  A combination of these treatments can improve joint function and range of motion while increasing muscle size and strength.  As a patient uses the affected limbs more, there is a faster return to normal function.  It has been proven that animals receiving physical rehabilitation after knee surgeries such as cruciate ligament tears have a quicker return to normal function compared to pets that don't receive rehabilitation.

Some common treatments used in physical rehabilitation include cold and warm compresses, strength training, passive range of motion, swimming and underwater treadmills, neuromuscular electric stimulation, and pulse signal therapy or electromagnetic fields.  Some of these can be easy for you to perform with help from your veterinarian, while others are best performed by specialists like veterinarians at TOPS Veterinary Rehab.  You can visit their website at

Todd Whitney, DVM

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