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PHYSIOTHERAPY

What is
Veterinary
Physiotherapy?

Veterinary physiotherapists work as part of a vet-led team to achieve a complete care plan for rehabilitation following injury, surgery or life long conditions.
The aims of veterinary physiotherapy are to relieve pain, restore or maintain function and movement, and improve quality of life.
This is done using treatment methods to break the cycle of pain and resulting movement compensations.

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Which conditions can we help with?

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Developmental joint issues (elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia)

  • Patella luxation

  • Cruciate ligament disease or injury

  • Neurological disorders

  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

  • Lumbosacral disease

  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injury

  • Weight loss

  • Injury prevention

  • Fitness and conditioning for working or sporting animals

What are signs to look out for?

  • Trouble jumping in/out of the car, or on/off the sofa

  • Struggling to get up/down stairs

  • Looking stiff after long walks or when they get out of bed

  • Changes in movement - limping, bunny hopping, pacing

  • Not wanting to play, or slowing down on walks

  • Scuffing or toe dragging their feet along the floor

  • Changes in behaviour

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What treatment options do you provide?

  • Manual therapies (massage, stretching, mobilisations, passive range of motion)

  • Kinesiology taping

  • Class 4 and Class 3b LASER therapy 

  • Pulsed magnetic field therapy

  • Ultrasound therapy

  • Exercise prescription

  • Home adaption advise

  • Underwater treadmill and hydrotherapy pool

What to Expect During your Appointment

Static Assessment

  • Posture

  • Limb Placement

  • Weight distribution

  • Conformation

  • Body Condition

Dynamic Assessment

  • Active Joint Flexion

  • Lameness

  • Straightness

  • Coordination

  • Gait Patterns

Palpation & Range of Motion

  • Muscle Mass & Tone

  • Joint Range of Motion

  • Spine & Neurological Assessment

  • Identifying Pain

Treatment Prescription

  • Manual Therapies

  • Electrotherapies

  • Exercise Prescription

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Home Management

To understand how physiotherapy is implemented, how it helps, and why it can be a vital part of your animals recovery, follow the link to a recent blog post discussing the link between pain and compensatory issues.

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