Physio and Rehab

Vancouver Pets Ultrasound TherapyUltrasound:

In ultrasound therapy, electrical energy is converted into high frequency sound waves by means of a piezoelectric crystal. Thermal effects, probably the most useful, are beneficial for musculoskeletal problems, such as muscle spasms, adhesions, tendon and ligament injuries. Ultrasound is particularly useful in helping to decrease soft tissue contracture of musculature that has been affected during the surgical process, and assisting in breaking down scar tissue.

Active Exercise:Exercise Your Pets

Active exercise helps to improve muscle strength, coordination, and cardiovascular function. Depending on the level of function of each individual patient, active exercise may include the following:

  •     assisted standing
  •     prolonged standing activities
  •     repeated sit to stand activities
  •     weight shifting in standing
  •     tail, towel or sling walking

Active exercise should be performed 1-2 times daily working within the patient's tolerance.

Goals of Physical Therapy:

  •     Decrease pain and facilitate healing of inflamed and injured neurological and musculoskeletal tissues.
  •     Maintain normal range of motion in affected joints, i.e.; hind limb, fore limb.
  •     Prevent soft tissue contracture and fibrosis in weak or paralyzed limbs.
  •     Prevent further disuse atrophy of affected musculature of hindlimb/forelimb during the healing process of neurological and musculoskeletal tissues.
  •     Improve strength and function of weak or paralyzed limbs.
  •     Maximize postsurgical recovery and function of the patient.
  •     Provide positive psychological effects for the patient and owner.Decrease pain and facilitate healing of inflamed and injured neurological and musculoskeletal tissues.

Physical therapy is particularly helpful in expediting and maximizing recovery of the following patients:

  •     Elbow/Shoulder
  •     Spinal
  •     Stifle/Hip
  •     Brain Disorders