Physical rehabilitation is an essential tool in veterinary medicine. It may be used to reduce pain and inflammation, improve function and mobility, achieve neuromuscular re-education and increase your pet's comfort as he or she recovers from injury, illness and more.
At Veterinary Surgical Centers Rehabilitation (VSCR) and Hope Advanced Veterinary Center, physical rehabilitation is part of the standard of care for dogs and cats, ensuring clients and patients are supported throughout the entire recovery process.
We encourage pet owners to take an active role in their pet's recovery. VSCR's certified rehabilitation practitioners will work with you to create a customized program and home-based exercise plan for your pet using the latest techniques, from an underwater treadmill to acupuncture, laser therapy and more.
VSCR's Rehabilitation Practitioners
Certified rehabilitation practitioners are trained to work with animals, control pain and promote mobility. They are passionate about working with pet owners to develop customized programs and home-based exercise plans for pets to increase and maintain their quality of life.
Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation Services
We are committed to helping your pet recover from injury, trauma, surgery and more. The following services may be combined and used in customized wellness, weight loss and strength training programs:
- Laser Therapy
- Cold and Heat Therapy
- Pain Management
- Strength and Conditioning
- Underwater and Land-Based Treadmill Exercise
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Therapeutic Massage, Stretching and Range of Motion
- Proprioception and Balance Exercise
- Neuromuscular Re-education
- Orthotics, Prosthetics and Assistance Devices
Advanced Pain Management
Pain management is a critical aspect of recovery from acute injuries, and plays an important role when it comes to chronic pain or dysfunction. With these elements, our pets can live a longer, more comfortable life.
- Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a non-invasive, painless process that utilizes light to stimulate cells and increase blood flow.
It has been effective in treating soft tissue damage, reducing pain and inflammation, and increasing cell growth. Sessions are short and often done in conjunction with physical therapy exercises.
Acupuncture has been practiced throughout the world – most notably in Eastern cultures, for thousands of years. The practice of Acupuncture is becoming more widely used in all cultures, either alone or in combination with Western Medicine, for a variety of ailments.
This practice primarily promotes integrated medicine – using acupuncture in combination with more conventional therapy to achieve the best outcome for dogs and cats.
Acupuncture is frequently a tool reached for as part of a comprehensive physical rehabilitation and/or pain management program and is commonly used as part of a treatment plan for the following:
- Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis and soft tissue injuries
- Neurologic disorders: Intervertebral disc disease, paralysis, nerve paralysis, seizures
- Gastrointestinal disorders: Diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia
- Respiratory problems: asthma, bronchitis
- Urinary disorders: feline cystitis, urinary incontinence
- Skin disorders: lick granulomas, allergic dermatitis, ear infections
- Ophthalmologic disorders: corneal ulcers, KCS