Animal physical rehabilitation is an adjunct treatment strategy that enhances the veterinary care received by decreasing healing time and enabling the return of maximal function after an injury or illness. It is comprised of three main areas: hands-on/manual treatment, therapeutic exercise and owner education, and modalities.

Common problems that are treated with physical therapy include:

  • Fractures
  • Post-surgical rehab to regain strength and motion
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal cord injuries and surgery
  • Hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Reduce pain
  • Muscle atrophy due to generalized de-conditioning/geriatrics

A dog recovering from luxating patella surgery receives physical rehabilitation to maximize recovery.