What Is Veterinary Rehabilitation?

SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center offers comprehensive care for pets with recovering from surgery or injury, chronic pain, mobility concerns, orthopedic and neurological conditions, and more. Veterinary rehabilitation is very similar to human physical therapy. We treat many of the same conditions and apply similar techniques as human physical therapists.

What is veterinary rehabilitation?

Veterinary Rehabilitation is the focus of soft tissue abnormalities rather than just bones and joints.  The goals of rehabilitation are to restore, maintain and promote optimal function and quality of life by decreasing pain and increasing function and mobility of joints and muscles. To achieve these goals, a variety of equipment is used such as physioballs, therapy bands, wobble boards, cavaletti poles, treadmills, and more.

Veterinary Rehabilitation can reduce pain and enhance recovery from injuries and surgery as well as assist in managing degenerative and age-related diseases.

What do we offer?

  • Acupuncture
    Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal.

  • Balance Exercises
    Balance exercises are designed to strengthen weak muscles, these usually include physio-balls, wobble boards or other unstable surfaces. When a patient is recovering from surgery there is usually a difference in muscle mass in the surgical leg. Specific exercises can help the patient apply weight to the recovering leg while building back the lost muscle. Balance exercises can also aid patients with neurological conditions by increasing coordination and balance.

  • Electrical Stimulation
    Electrical Stimulation uses electrical currents to either stimulate muscles or to combat pain. Neuromuscular electrical stimulations (NMES) is used to improve muscle strength and/or motor recruitment. Trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can be used to relieve pain.

  • Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy
    Extra-corporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes high-intensity ultrasound waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing capacity. (There is no electrical “shocking” involved). ESWT has been shown to speed bone and tendon healing in dogs. Shock wave therapy can also be effective in decreasing symptoms of arthritis.

  • Hydrotherapy
    Mainly refers to swim therapy and underwater treadmill. Swimming allows animals to work several muscles at once while stretching further than walking on land would allow. This helps build muscle and endurance as well as minimizing stress on joints. Underwater treadmills have similar effects to a land treadmill while decreasing the weight put on the patient’s limbs. Both swimming and underwater treadmill can benefit patients who have undergone orthopedic surgery.

  • Laser Therapy
    Therapeutic laser, also known as “cold laser therapy,” “Class IV” laser and photobiomodulation has been shown to decrease pain and speed tissue healing. Laser therapy uses infrared energy that is non-invasive, painless and does not require sedation or anesthesia. Typically 8-12 sessions are recommended (as part of a comprehensive treatment plan) in order to achieve the best results.

  • Massage
    Massage is used to relieve tension in muscles and stimulate muscle development. It helps to increase blood flow to the area and relieves muscle spasms.

  • Orthotics, Prosthetics and Assistive Devices
    Some animals benefit from assistive devices such as braces (orthotics), wraps, artificial limbs (prosthetics), carts (wheel chairs), and other solutions that help improve mobility. We have years of experience measuring for, fitting, and working with animals needing assistive devices. We will discuss the wide range of assistive options available for you and your pet, the long-term expectations when using assistive devices, and the importance of therapeutic exercise when utilizing these devices.

  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
    Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is a non-invasive therapy that has been shown to decrease pain and speed healing. We offer PEMF therapy during many treatment sessions using the Assisi Loop and other products.

  • Regenerative Medicine
    We offer stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) as treatment options for arthritis and tendon and ligament injuries. These therapies utilize the dog’s own cells to regulate pain and improve tissue healing through the process of immunomodulation. Under heavy sedation, the stem cells and/or PRP are injected directly into the injured joint or tissue where they communicate with the local tissue environment to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Research supports the use of both of these therapies in veterinary patients.

  • Thermo/Cryotherapy
    Thermotherapy is the application of heat whereas Cryotherapy is the application of cold. Heat can help increase mobility and range of motion as well as increase blood flow. This can help relieve pain and discomfort of constricted and sore muscles. Cryotherapy is typically used to decreased discomfort caused by inflammation of the muscle.