Physical Therapy for Neurologic Conditions

Rehabilitation therapy is a key component of recovery from neurologic disease. Each patient requires a rehabilitation protocol designed specifically for the patient’s neurologic condition, owner expectations and level of participation, and expertise of the professional canine rehabilitation team. Initial therapy for nonambualtory patients may include standing exercises, range of motion, pain control, toe pinch exercise, aquatic exercise, and basic rehabilitation care. Sling assisted walking with foot protection, cavalettis, and physio ball balancing are used commonly for ambulatory patients. As recovery progresses, stair climbing, carrying or pulling weights, resistance band walking, swimming against resistance, and exercises specific to the home environment are added. Modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cryotherapy, and heat therapy are useful additions.

Key Uses

Paralysis, limb weakness, degenerative myelopathy, IVDD, decreased activity tolerance, strengthening/conditioning and incontinence.

Clinical Applications

Laser, shockwave , ultrasound, acupuncture, massage , stretches, supervised exercise, hydrotherapy, GAIT4Dog Lameness Analysis and owner instruction are a few examples of how physical therapy can help your neurologic dog. We also offer the Assisi Loop PEMF for pain management.