In humans, orthopedic physical therapists diagnose and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system as well as rehabilitate patients after orthopedic surgery. This specialty of physical therapy is often found in the out-patient clinical setting. Orthopedic therapists receive specialized training in the treatment of post-operative joints, acute sports injuries, arthritis, and amputations just to name a few. Joint mobilizations, strength training, hot/cold packs, and electrical stimulation are modalities often used to expedite recovery in the orthopedic setting. Those who have suffered injury or disease affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons of the body will benefit from assessment by a physical therapist specialized in orthopedics.
With dogs and cats, certified canine rehabilitation practitioners perform very similar activities and provide like-kind treatments for disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system and post orthopedic surgeries. Orthopedic conditions treated:
Neurological physical therapy in people addresses neurological disorders or diseases. These include but are not limited to brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Outcomes of neurological disorders can include paralysis, vision impairment, poor balance, and inability to ambulate. A therapist may work with individuals to treat these areas of dysfunction.
Dogs and cats also suffer neurological disorders and diseases. Our rehabilitation therapists focus on helping and improving dysfunction. Neurologic conditions treated:
Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)
Neuropathy, Progressive Ataxia
In humans, geriatric physical therapy covers a wide area of issues addressing normal adult aging. Dog and cat aging is much the same as in humans. Our experts develop specialized programs to help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase fitness levels and more. Common conditions affect them as they age include but are not limited to:
Hip and Joint Replacement
Decreased Activity Tolerance
There is potential in all dogs and cats and especially those that are very active or susceptible based on breed for injuries that include but are not limited to knees, shoulders, hips, backs, and necks. Dogs and cats that have suffered injury affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons benefit from rehabilitation. Common post-operative conditions treated:
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Lateral Suture Technique or Extracapsular Repair (Outside the Joint)
Medial patella luxation (MPL)/ Lateral Patellar Luxation (LPL)
Femoral head ostectomy (FHO)
Total Hip Replacement (THR)