Veterinary Physiotherapy

More about what Veterinary Physiotherapy is and the variety of methods used to help treat your companions.

 

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Veterinary Physiotherapy is a combination of techniques and therapies which can relieve pain, maintain and rehabilitate the animals physical well-being, to enhance their quality of life and to improve function post injury or surgery.


Physiotherapy is case specific and tailored to each individual animal, depending on the patients and their owners needs. Through the use of a variety of massage techniques, stretching, electrotherapies, exercise prescription and in-depth knowledge of the canine and equine anatomy, veterinary physiotherapy can treat a multitude of problems.

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What can Physiotherapy treat?

  • Injuries and trauma to the muscles, fascia, tendon, bones and skin.

  • Lameness caused by muscular and skeletal injuries.

  • Pre and Post-operative rehabilitation.

  • Canine cruciate ligament injuries and repair or hip replacement.

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia.

  • Pain and Arthritic Management.

  • Neurological problems.

  • Sports Injuries and general fitness maintenance.

  • Open Wounds.

  • Rehabilitation after an illness, such as laminitis or even after crate or box rest.

  • Elderly animals with reduced function and stiffness.

 
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Equine Physiotherapy

Horses are generally quite stoic and will often only provide a subtle sign, such as change in performance or behaviour, which could show if there is a problem. Equine physiotherapy can aid performance and improve recovery time after an injury. Physiotherapists can also detect subtle changes to your horses musculoskeletal system that can be tracked to help prevent an injury.

Some signs of potential injury can include:
•    Poor performance
•    Bucking, rearing, napping
•    Lameness
•    Uneven shoe wear
•    Reduced hind limb engagement
•    Change of behaviour


Common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy:
•    Back pain
•    Sacroiliac problems pain
•    Neck pain
•    Osteoarthritis
•    Splints and swelling
•    Improve and maintain joint range
•    Soft tissue injuries including muscle, tendons and ligaments
•    Wound and tissue repair
•    Reducing scar tissue
•    Rider related issues
•    Low grade lameness

 
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Canine Physiotherapy

Each dog is individual and so, working closely with yourself a personalised treatment plan can be formed to manage your pets’ condition, which also fits in around your own lifestyle. Home exercises will also be prescribed which enables you to continue the rehabilitation at home. All veterinary physiotherapy can be done at your home, where your pet is most comfortable and relaxed. Dogs can show if there is a problem with just a small change.


Some signs of potential injury can include:

  • Lameness

  • Heat or swelling

  • Stiffness especially after exercise

  • Muscle wastage

  • Difficulty jumping in and out of the car or even on/off furniture

  • Weight shifting

  • Tripping or toe scuffing

  • Reluctance to exercise

  • Change of the way they sit

Common Conditions that benefit from physiotherapy:

  • Stiffness

  • Weakness

  • Obesity

  • Age related degeneration

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Hip replacement

  • Elbow Dysplasia

  • Amputation

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Cruciate ligament injury

  • Patella luxation

  • Neurological conditions

  • General muscle injuries such as sprains and tears

  • Pre and post-operative care