- Joint problems, including arthritis in older dogs
- Back, neck and pelvic pain, eg intervertebral disc disease (slipped disc)
- Rehabilitation after surgery (i.e. hip replacements, cruciate ligament repair, spinal surgery)
- Conservative management – hip dysplasia, luxating patella, CCL disease
- Orthopaedic issues- hip or elbow dysplasia
- Muscle, tendon and ligament strains/rupture
- Pain or discomfort
- Neurological problems (FCE)
- Unusual behaviour (reluctance to play)
- Difficulty with function (stairs/jumping)]
- Underwater treadmill – helps build up muscle
- Massage and joint mobilisation – improves mobility
- Electrotherapies – e.g. laser
- Personalised home exercise programme
The Injured Dog
Physiotherapy can help in the treatment and rehabilitation of dogs that have suffered from fractures as well as muscle, tendon and ligament damage. Working closely with the vet, the physiotherapist can help reduce pain, enhance healing and restore the animal to his/her previous function.
Orthopaedic or Congenital Conditions
Conditions such as cruciate disease and hip dysplasia can reduce function and cause pain. Physiotherapy can design conservative managment programmes to help improve the dog’s quality of life.
Physiotherapy works closely with the veterinarian to aid in the rehabilitation process. Early intervention and treatment can enhance recovery and prevent further complications.