Animal physical rehabilitation is one of the fastest growing areas within veterinary medicine. Many Mount Pleasant Veterinary Clinics are taking a look at this fascinating way to more quickly relieve pet pain and promote wellness. Critically injured pets are not the only animals helped by physical rehabilitation. It actually helps many pets with a multitude of different conditions lead more comfortable lives.

Among the benefits that physical rehabilitation for veterinary clinic pets provides are:

-Post-operative recovery, especially orthopedic and neurological cases
-Lessening general neurological conditions
-Reducing osteoarthritis pain
-Providing general pain management
-Treating sports injuries
-Providing conditioning
-Assisting with weight management
-Calming of boarding pets with basic massage techniques
-Hastening recovery from a fracture or a ruptured cranial ligament
-Treating hip dysplasia

Various types of equipment and techniques are used, dependent on the condition or complaint being addressed. Some of these are:

-Land treadmill
-Underwater treadmill
-Heated therapy pool with resistance pads
-Exercise room with rubberized core floor
-Therapeutic modalities: low level laser, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
-Therapeutic exercise equipment: balance board, cavalettis, and physioballs

In addition to the sometimes, elaborate equipment and methods above, a set of well-trained hands can work wonders. Special massage increases blood flow and helps resolve muscle tension. Rebuilding of muscle mass and core strength can be accomplished with targeted therapeutic exercises. Increased flexibility can be achieved with passive range of motion exercises. Proper application of cold and heat pads can provide relief from muscle spasms and tension, and pet discomfort following surgery.

The cost of animal physical rehabilitation varies with the condition being treated and the severity of that condition. This cost, however, is not exactly the amount of the invoice. Doses of pain or anti-inflammatory medication can usually be reduced, lessening the overall cost. Additionally, your Mt Pleasant SC veterinarian may be able to train you to conduct some of the rehabilitation at home.

By Haadi