The Eldale Veterinary Clinic is excited to be able to provide veterinarian rehabilitation for dogs and cats. Rehabilitation is the application of therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and physical modalities specifically tailored to your pet’s condition. Rehabilitation has been shown to help improve return to function post-surgically, management of non-surgical conditions, improve day to day conditioning or as an alternative to help control discomfort and pain in palliative or chronic conditions.
At Eldale, we start with a veterinary rehabilitation consultation. This consists of a full physical and orthopedic examination, and a review of patient history and diagnostics provided. With this information, a customized rehabilitation plan will be developed based on your pet’s individualized needs using a combination of therapeutic modalities. The goal for each patient will vary, but these modalities can help to improve post-operative recovery period, increase strength or flexibility, improve mobility and functionality, or simply decrease pain and inflammation.
Commonly Treated Conditions
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Cruciate or Meniscal Injuries
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- Biceps Tenosynovitis
- Shoulder Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
- Tendon Rupture or Laceration
- Hip Dysplasia
- Muscle Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
- Weight Loss
Hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill) uses the buoyancy and resistance of the water to help build strength while decreasing the impact on joints. This can help increase coordination, muscle mass and aid in weight loss or overall conditioning.
Laser therapy uses photomodulation (light) to create a cascade within the body that can help promote blood flow to muscles and tissues. It can help to reduce inflammation, pain, and can improve tissue repair or wound healing. It is especially helpful in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, wounds, and inflammatory processes associated with arthritis or back disease.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) are both forms of electrical stimulation that act on the muscles and nerves. TENS is often used for pain relief and acts by transmitting electrical signals into the muscle which can interfere with pain signals. NEMS on the other hand is used to stimulate muscle contractions when we may have a reduced neurologic response.
Manual Therapy and Strength Training
Soft tissue massage and joint mobilization can help to reduce pain and improve mobility. This in combination with strength training can help to improve your pet’s muscle mass, balance and coordination. We use a combination of hands on therapy, equipment, as well as at home exercise plans in your pet’s individualized program.
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