Rehabilitation & Laser Therapy

In recent years there has been a growing interest in physiotherapy and rehabilitation in Small Animal practice and its benefits to our patients have been proven beyond doubt. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation are an integral part of the recovery process and can be beneficial for many conditions. These include:

Orthopaedic:

The long term management of osteoarthritis (see Arthritis Clinics)

Conservative care for hip and elbow dysplasia

Post operative rehabilitation for a variety of conditions including fracture repairs, cruciate ligament surgery, tendon and ligament surgeries, femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty, patella luxation surgery and amputations etc.

Soft tissue injuries involving muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Neurological:

Management of degenerative nerve disease, including CDRM

Post operative rehabilitation following spinal surgery / disc disease

Central and peripheral nerve injuries

Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE)

Sarah Whittaker RVN, leads our physiotherapy and rehabiliation clinics. Sarah qualified as a Veterinary Nurse Rehabilitation Therapist in 2012.

She is available daily for an appointment (Monday to Friday) and each appointment will last 30 - 60 minutes. During your appointment Sarah will be able to assess your pet and devise a plan to aid in your pets recovery from surgery or with conservative treatment. Treatement sessions may also be undertaken including massage, passive movements, stretches etc. Regular appointments are advised to ensure that your pet continues to improve and if Sarah is in any doubt as to your pets recovery you will be refered back to one of our Veterinary Surgeons.

Laser:

We are very pleased to own a Class IV therapeutic laser. Laser therapy uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called "Photo-Bio-Modulation"

Immediatley after an acute injury event the body responds by initiating a series of biochemical and biological responses "the inflammatory reaction". This causes pain, oedema (fluid swelling) and reduced funtion. When used, Laser therapy will condense the time frame from onset of injury to resolution of the inflammatory reaction by reducing inflammation, reducing pain and increasing healing speed.

There are a great many condition for which laser therapy can be used but perhaps the most common is for post operative pain managment and the management of osteoarthritis. It is also very useful for speeding up the healing of wounds and treating traumatised and inflammed tissue.

Laser therapy is easy to deliver to your pet and is delivered through a noninvasive handpiece to treat the affected area/s. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth. Treatment sessions generally last 20 - 60 minutes depending on the area/s being treated.

If you are interested in your pet receiving Laser treatment please feel free to telephone the surgery where we will be pleased to assist you.

 

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