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The use of physical therapy to assist recovery is now well-accepted practice in human medicine and surgery. More recently, great strides have been made in identifying similar methods to help our veterinary patients. The therapy targets restoration of physical function; for example, the abiltiy to walk in a previously paralyzed patient. Physical rehabilitation involved numerous techniques including manipulation, electrotherapy (therpeutic laser, ultrasound and electrical stimulation) and exercise. Physical rehabilitation can promote a more rapid recovery from neurological or orthopedic disorders and surgery, helping to avoid complications associated with prolonged bed rest. In otherwise healthy patients, this therapy can improve or maintain strength, stamina and body condition.
After initial evaluation, a customized plan for therpay is developed to address the particular challenges of the patient. We will discuss management options with you and deterine a schedule of visits. Post-operative patients might initially be managed as inpatients, but the majority of treatments are perforemd on an outpatient day-care basis. The education of owners to perform simple strength and coordination exercises at home is an important role of our service. The response to rehabilitation is monitored by your attending board-certified neurologist, nutritionist, or surgeon.
For more information on the Ohio State Canine Physical Rehabilitation Program, call (614)292-3551.