Veterinary physiotherapy aims to maximise the recovery/outcomes for our patients whether they have been receiving treatment from our clinicians (surgical or medical) or are referred to our outpatient service.
Our Veterinary physiotherapists are RAMP (Register of animal musculoskeletal Practitioners) registered. This is a voluntary register that therapists are able to join only if they are able to prove they are providing gold standards of care. They are required to meet minimum standards that include evidence of ongoing CPD (continuing professional development). Therefore you can be assured that all our therapists comply with the highest standards and demonstrate specialist knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and physiology.
Our qualified veterinary physiotherapists work closely alongside clinicians treating inpatients to maximise recovery, minimise the hospitalisation period and compliment traditional treatment methods.
Much like if you or I had undergone any procedure, surgery or diagnosis, is just the starting point and rehab back to full recovery can take a little longer. Ongoing appointments with a veterinary physiotherapist allow treatments and exercise programmes to be individually progressed as your pet continues to improve. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about your pets’ recovery along the way. Similarly, it means that the veterinary physiotherapist can keep your clinician regularly updated on your pets’ progress and discuss any issues/concerns with them promptly.
There are many conditions which can benefit from veterinary physiotherapy input:
Many patients with neurological conditions can benefit from physiotherapy whether that is post-operative recovery or conservative treatments when surgical management isn’t appropriate/possible.
Patients receiving treatment for orthopaedic conditions such as cruciate disease or elbow dysplasia can also benefit from post-operative management and home exercise programmes or it may be decided that conservative management is the best/only option for a particular patient.
Unfortunately we are unable to stop time and ageing is an inevitable part of our pet’s lives. However physiotherapy can be very effective in maximising quality of life for geriatric patients with conditions such as osteoarthritis and reduced mobility. Veterinary physiotherapists are also experts in providing you with advice on how you may be able to help your pet manage better at home.
Sometimes a case may be complex or a pet may be being treated for a variety of conditions. These cases may require long term management. As with the geriatric patients, physiotherapy for these cases can help to optimise quality of life in these cases. Complications – some patients can experience secondary issues while hospitalised that are often associated with recumbency. Physiotherapy can help to resolve and minimise these issue.
Every pet undergoes a detailed assessment of their condition to allow a tailored plan to be made. Veterinary physiotherapy encompasses a variety of manual therapies, electrotherapies and exercise prescription. We use a variety of techniques such as massage and joint mobilisations, and patient specific exercise programmes that help your pet regain balance, strength, flexibility and co-ordination. The overall aim of treatment is to restore your pets function and performance to the best possible level.