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What is Physical Rehabilitation?

Physical rehabilitation includes the examination and evaluation of patients with impairments, functional limitations, disabilities and other health-related conditions in order to diagnose, prognosticate, and intervene.

Examples of functions affected include:

  • Aerobic capacity
  • Cognition
  • Gait
  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Range of motion
  • Pain
  • Conditioning

Examples of therapeutic interventions include:

  • Therapeutic exercise (passive and active)
  • Electrotherapeutic modalities (TENS, NMES, electroaupuncture)
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Thermal modalities (hyperthermia, cryotherapy)
  • Manual therapy techniques (acupuncture, joint mobilizations)
  • Orthotics (splints, braces)
  • Prosthetics
  • Wound management

Types of Dysfunctions that Could Be Improved with Rehabilitation

  • Post surgical rehabilitation (orthopedic or neurologic cases)
  • Spinal pathology (Disc, FCE, lumbosacral disease)
  • Musculoskeletal injuries (tendonitis, sprains, strains)
  • Joint dysfunctions (arthritis, contractures)
  • Developmental problems
  • Wound healing (surgical or traumatic)
  • Performance problems in athletes

Goals for Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Problems

  • Decrease pain and swelling after surgery
  • Increase speed of recovery of injured and inflamed tissues
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Prevent soft tissue contracture and fibrosis in weak or traumatized limbs
  • Prevent further disuse atrophy of affected musculature of limbs
  • Restore a better joint range of motion of a joint
  • Prevent and treat wound complications
  • Provide positive psychological motivation for the animal and client
  • Improved overall level of recovery/function and quality of life

Who benefits from rehab?

Any animal with a physical dysfunction is potentially a candidate for rehabilitation.

Why Choose Physical Rehabilitation for Your Pet?

  • Physical rehabilitation plays an important role in veterinary patients recovering from bone, joint, and muscular injuries, neurologic disorders, and surgery. Our goal is to improve mobility, manage pain, improve strength, and enhance the quality of life of companion animals

Candidates for Rehabilitation:

  • Post-operative orthopedics
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Post fractures
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative neurological problems
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity and poor conditioning
  • Muscular degeneration
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Athletic dogs in need of more/different conditioning


It is critical for most patients to begin rehabilitation as soon as possible after surgery or injury. Our staff will meet with you and your pet to thoroughly evaluate your pet's current condition and develop a comprehensive, personalized, treatment plan. And, we are happy to work with your primary care veterinarian.

Rehabilitation Services Available

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy techniques include joint mobilization and soft tissue mobilization. The therapies help to improve range of motion, increase local circulation and assist in the return to normal everyday life after an injury or surgery.

Therapeutic Laser

Laser therapy is a light energy used to stimulate blood flow and healing as well as provide pain relief. Laser therapy is used to reduce inflammation, assist in wound healing, reduce joint swelling, provide pain relief over arthritic joints, and assist in the healing of tendon or ligament.

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation is the administration of an electrical current generated by a stimulator that travels through leads to electrodes placed on the skin to depolarize the motor nerve and produce a muscle contraction. Electrical stimulation is used to increase range of motion, increase muscle strength, assist in muscle reeducation, reduce pain, edema, and muscle spasms.

Customized Home Exercise Program

Each patient and problem is unique therefore needs a customized exercise program. Clients will be sent home with an at home exercise program that is customized for their pet's problem. Exercises will be demonstrated to all owners before the patient is sent home.

Measuring/Fitting for Carts and Braces

We have worked extensively with various companies such as Doggon' Wheels, Eddies Wheels, and Therapaw and are very familiar with custom fitting their products to assist your pet with mobility.

Combination Therapy

All of these rehabilitation modalities can be used along with acupuncture, laser therapy and chiropractic to help improve results.