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What can be helped with Rehab?

According to the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (Dr. Halden is a member), here is a partial list of conditions that could be helped through Rehabilitation:

  • Osteoarthritis - increased mobility, range of motion, decreased inflammation and need for medications
  • Obesity - weight loss programs can be designed for each individual
  • Hip dysplasia - builds supporting muscle mass, increased mobility & comfort
  • Muscle injuries - speeds healing, decreases inflammation, prevents scarring, restores normal functional length
  • Back injuries - increased muscle support to prevent reinjury, manage pain
  • Spinal injury/IVDD - decreased spasticity, pain management, earlier ambulation
  • Spondylosis - manage pain, maintain flexibility and strength
  • Arthrodesis - faster adaptation, support of surrounding joints
  • Joint replacements - faster adaptation, improves coordination & strength
  • Fractures - faster recovery, prevents muscle contracture
  • Cruciate injury - speeds and improves recovery, restores extension, decreases inflammation
  • Amputation - adaptation, builds supporting muscles, management of pain
  • Shoulder OCD - increased mobility, strengthening
  • Elbow dysplasia - increased mobility, decreased inflammation, strengthening
  • Joint dislocation - strengthens supporting muscles & ligaments, prevents reinjury
  • Patellar luxation - strengthening of quadriceps, prevents reinjury
  • Tendon injury - increased range of motion and strength, decreased inflammation and scar tissue
  • Peripheral nerve injury - speeds recovery, functional adaptation, manages pain
  • Neuromuscular disease - strengthening, adaptation, pain management
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE) - can hasten recovery, improve coordination
  • Degenerative myelopathy (DM) - helps to maintain muscle function and prolong life
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome - manages pain, maintains strength and function
  • Vestibular disorders - improves balance and coordination, decreases injury

Some of these conditions may require surgical treatment in conjunction with rehabilitation.

This list is not exhaustive. 

Talk to us at KVet if you'd like to schedule an appointment to discuss your companion animal's conditions and the appropriateness of Rehab.

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