Physical Rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation for animals has been a growing field within veterinary medicine over the past decade, and it has evolved via collaboration between veterinarians and physical therapists throughout the world.  It integrates a variety of aspects of veterinary medicine disciplines, including orthopedics, neurology, nutrition, physiology, and more! It has come to play a pivotal role in helping pets recover from surgeries and injuries, helping geriatrics manage pain and improve their quality of life, as well as keeping canine athletes fit and conditioned for peak performance.  It often involves a variety of treatment modalities which help to improve pain and inflammation, including LASER therapy, Neuroelectrical muscle stimulation (NMES or "e-stim"), pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF), and ultrasound, as well as therapies to help improve balance, strength, and proprioception, such as hydrotherapy (including exercising in an underwater treadmill or heated pool) and land-based therapeutic exercises.

Here at Peak Animal Wellness Services, Dr. Raceeta MacKenzie combines her knowledge of physical rehabilitation with the other disciplines she is trained in, including orthopedic manipulation (known in the human health field as "chiropractic") and acupuncture, to create a unique treatment plan, specifically tailored to the pet's individual needs.  Combining the treatments with therapeutic LASER (Class 4) and land-based exercises when appropriate will further accelerate the healing and reconditioning process. We can prescribe specific exercises that you can perform with your pet at home, or you can bring them in to the clinic for us to assist with the exercises.

There are a variety of conditions that often respond well to physical rehabilitation.  Some examples are:

  • Post-surgery or conservative management of cranial cruciate ligament ruptures (aka "ACL" in people)

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

  • Intervertebral Disc Disc Disease (IVDD)

  • Fibrocartilagenous Embolism (FCE)

  • Weight loss

  • Conditioning for athletic performance

  • If you would like to know if physical rehabilitation is an appropriate option for your pet, call or email us today!