Veterinary Rehabilitation Services: How It Helps

Veterinary rehabilitation aims to restore and enhance functional ability and quality of life. Physical rehabilitation can be helpful following disease, injury, or surgery and to relieve acute or chronic pain.

Friendship’s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Janay Austin-Carlson will work with you and your dog to identify a plan that is best suited to your pet’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.

Techniques & Modalities

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 services include:

  • 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
  • Hydrotherapy/Underwater treadmill

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Therapeutic Exercises: We evaluate each patient and design a set of exercises that are most effective in that patient’s rehabilitation. These are designed to achieve the goals set for that patient’s recovery. We demonstrate each activity in our hospital and teach our clients to perform these at home on a prescribed schedule.

LASER: Laser therapy has been used for decades in humans and more widely in sports medicine. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive, and painless therapy that uses modulated infrared rays to help reduce pain and speed the healing of inflamed or damaged tissues.

Some of the well-documented biological effects of laser therapy are cartilage stimulation, production of fibroblasts (the cells that create healing tissue), enhancement of immune cells, and increased blood supply.

Laser therapy is particularly helpful for arthritis, degenerative joint disease, fractures, joint problems, and many soft tissue injuries.

Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS): TENS provides low-level electrical current to disrupt the normal pain perception pathways. It releases endorphins into the blood stream and cerebrospinal fluid to relieve pain and inflammation post-surgically or as an alternative to surgery.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES): NMES uses low-level electrical current that decreases swelling to allow muscle contraction and recruitment after an orthopedic or neurological injury.

Manual Therapy and Pet massage: Manual therapy is related to massage therapy in that it involves using the therapist’s hands to locate and address areas of pain. Only certified rehabilitation practitioners will utilize these techniques, which include joint mobilizations, trigger point treatment and specific stretching techniques.

Pet massage can greatly assist rehabilitation since it promotes mobility, range of motion, functional ability, and quality of life. Massage techniques include mobilization of joints and soft tissues, stretching, and myofascial release. Small movements within the joint activate small receptors necessary for joint health.

Custom Equipment: Friendship will recommend and assist in the order and custom fit of products most suitable for your pet’s needs.

Contact us to learn more about how rehabilitation services may benefit your pet.