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Veterinary Physiotherapy Service
Physiotherapy Service overview:
Referring a patient is rapid and easy:
What is veterinary physiotherapy?
Veterinary physiotherapy is an evidence based profession, which takes a holistic approach to each patient. Veterinary physiotherapy is a complementary therapy that is used in conjunction, and not in replacement of, veterinary care. Veterinary physiotherapy aims to reduce inflammation and associated pain, improve mobility, and restore normal muscle function and control.
Veterinary Physiotherapists (VPs) examine and evaluate patients with functional limitations, disability or other health-related conditions to determine an appropriate and patient focussed physiotherapeutic plan. Some examples of areas that may be assessed include posture, gait, pain, tissue dysfunction and range of motion. Physiotherapeutic modalities that may be used to treat a patient include manual therapies, electrotherapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise.
What cases can be referred for veterinary physiotherapy?
Post-surgical orthopaedic and neurology conditions:
- Elbow dysplasia
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
- Un-united Anconeal Process (UAP)
- Hip Dysplasia
- Total Hip Replacement
- Cruciate Ligament Disease or Injury
- Patellar Luxation
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Vestibular Disease
- Fibrocartilaginous Embolism
Chronic pain management:
Soft tissue injuries:
- Muscle or tendon strains
- Ligament sprains
What are the benefits of physiotherapy?
- Reduces pain
- Reduces swelling
- Reduces muscle spasm
- Improves mobility and range of movement
- Prevents secondary complications
- Maintains function
When is the right stage to refer a patient for physiotherapy?
Sharp, B. (2008). Physiotherapy in small animal practice. In practice, 30(4), 190-199.