Veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine aims to restore and enhance functional ability and quality of life. Our service offers both non-surgical and surgical treatment options to help your patient with sports injuries,injury prevention and recovery, chronic arthritis and decreased mobility. Physical rehabilitation can also be helpful following disease and in relieving acute or chronic pain. These services are for all patients, not just athletic canines.
Friendship’s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), Janay Austin-Carlson, will work with your client and patient to identify a plan that is best suited to your patient’s specific needs. Through rehabilitation therapy, we will strive to improve or maintain patient strength, stamina, and body condition. Rehabilitation can often benefit senior pets and offset the aches and pain of aging, including arthritis or other degenerative joint conditions. It can also be beneficial to patients on a weight loss regimen.
Should surgical intervention be necessary, Dr. Dirsko von Pfeil, ACVS, ECVS from our surgery department is also boarded by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). He works in conjunction with the rehabilitation service to recommend the best course of surgical correction and post-operative rehab therapy to get your patient back to normal function.
Physical rehabilitation employs non-invasive methods to restore mobility and function to your pet’s musculoskeletal system. Many rehabilitation plans are multimodal, meaning several treatment options will be utilized simultaneously.
Current rehabilitation services include:
- Hydrotherapy/Underwater treadmill
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- LASER therapy
- Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS)
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
- Therapeutic exercise plans
- Custom strength training and conditioning plans
- Manual therapies, joint mobilization
- Therapeutic stretches and massage
- Custom brace and cart measurements