Physiotherapy helps pets to recover normal movement and avoid the compensatory changes that may lead to re-injury or chronic issues later in life. Although pets often return to play and other normal activities after injury, they may still have stiff joints stiffness or muscles that are tight or not being activated appropriately. These issues prevent your pet from fully recovering and may lead to re-injury or long term issues such as osteoarthritis in their twilight years.
Physiotherapy helps build muscle, reduces stiffness and pain and develops balance and coordination; all of which improve mobility and, most importantly, their quality of life.
WHEN DO ANIMALS NEED PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Humans are animals too, and any condition that you might see a physiotherapist for, your pet will also benefit from physiotherapy. We most commonly treat patients after:
- Hip and knee problems
- Orthopaedic surgery including spinal surgery
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Muscle strains and tears
- Nerve pain
- Paralysis or partial paralysis
- Joint and structural problems
Physiotherapy can often begin as soon as diagnosis has been made by your veterinarian.
WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Our veterinary physiotherapist will use their knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and veterinary conditions to individually assess and develop a rehabilitation plan for your pet. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation is always gentle and your pet’s comfort is our primary concern. We aim to get the best possible outcome for your pet through a combination of gentle techniques and exercises motivated by positive reinforcement.
Treatment may involve manual techniques such as massage and joint mobilisation as well exercises to target your pet’s specific weaknesses. At SASH, we are the only veterinary hospital in Sydney to be able offer both hydrotherapy in our underwater treadmill and therapeutic laser.
Hydrotherapy, or exercise in water, is beneficial for pain, function, joint mobility, strength and balance. It also allows rehabilitation to start earlier, often within days of surgery or injury and with less risk of re-injury. Ultimately, these benefits improve rehabilitation outcomes for your pet and help them return to their normal activity sooner.
Therapeutic laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pain and studies have repeatedly confirmed its positive effects. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply dealing with the aches and pains of aging, therapeutic laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
Our physiotherapy and rehabilitation team consists of
- Dr Naomi Boyd (Sports Medicine Veterinary and Physiotherapist, BVSc, BAppSc (Phty)
- Rebecca Harvey (Dip Animal Physiotherapy (UK), Canine Myofunctional Therapy)
- Fran Wilcox (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, University of Tennessee)
Our veterinary nurses are on staff 24 hours a day to ensure your pet receives regular rehabilitation throughout their stay in hospital.
We also welcome patients from referring veterinary clinics and will maintain communication with them regarding progress.
Rehabilitation is an important final step to your pet’s recovery, to ensure the best possible long-term outcome and is an investment in preventing future issues or re-injury.
There is no ‘standard’ rehabilitation because recovery also depends on the pet’s breed, size, age and injury. However, our rehabilitation team will happily discuss all aspects regarding your pet so they can give a more realistic time frame for the pet’s recovery.