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Canine

Canine physiotherapy aims to accelerate healing by reducing pain, swelling and inflammation. Goals include the re education of normal movement, an increase in strength, stamina and fitness and ultimately to return your dog to its happy healthy self.

It is essential in the prevention, cure and rehabilitation of many canine conditions. Including soft tissue injuries, fractures, arthritis, and a number of different surgical procedures.

Common Canine conditions

Canines can suffer from a variety of soft tissue injuries including:

•Muscle strains or tears
•Tendon injuries
•Ligament sprains
•Joint pain
•Sporting injuries
•Back and neck pain
•lameness

Physiotherapy is used to reduce pain, enhance healing and restore the dog’s normal movement and function following injury.

Physiotherapy can also help to support the recovery of injured sporting dogs, returning them to tip top competition fitness. A carefully devised physiotherapy programme can help to prevent further injury which allows your dog to achieve and maintain optimal performance.

Orthopaedic and Surgical conditions

Congenital problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, and cruciate disease are common in canines. These conditions can cause pain and loss of function reducing the dog’s quality of life. Physiotherapy can help to manage pain, and provide exercise programs designed to help the dog improve and maintain function.

Following surgery due to orthopaedic or neurological conditions physiotherapy can help in the rehabilitation process. Early physiotherapy intervention following orthopaedic surgery in the dog is indicated to enhance recovery (Monk et al 2006) and rehabilitation following surgery has been shown to be beneficial to restore normal function.

Rehabilitation includes regaining or maintaining function by improving muscle strength, joint awareness sense, and giving advice and guidance to owners to manage their animal’s rehabilitation.

The Older Dog

Physiotherapy can help with dogs with conditions commonly suffered with older age such as arthritis. Physiotherapy can help with restoring movement at joints, pain relief, building muscle strength and improving quality of life.

Conditions can be managed so that your dog can continue an active healthy life.