Veterinary Physiotherapy Referrals
The Veterinary Physiotherapy Referral service is run by Alys Cooper, BSc, PgDip, MSc, who is also a member of RAMP and NAVP. RCVS Accredited hospital facilities allow thorough and professional physiotherapy treatments, with the following equipment available:
- K-laser therapy (class 4)
- Omega laser therapy (class 3B)
- Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF)
- Therapeutic Ultrasound (include handheld
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machines (TENS)
- Neuromuscular electrical nerve stimulation (NMES)
- Reusable hot and cold packs
- Peanut balls and wobble cushions
- Cavaletti and weave poles
- Equipment in the shop for sale: paw boots, slings for walking support, reusable hot and cold packs
Examples of physiotherapy cases that you may consider referring to us include (both pre and post-surgical and conservatively managed cases):
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and immune-mediated polyarthritis
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Cruciate ligament disease
- Patella luxation
- Shoulder instability and Bicipital tenosynovitis
- Spinal stenosis, Spondylosis and Spondylitis
- Lumbosacral disease
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow, shoulder, stifle or hock
- Muscle strains, such as iliopsoas or gastrocnemius pathology
- General behaviour changes or change in ability
- Maintenance check ups
Frequently asked questions
How long is a physiotherapy session?
The first treatment session and most physiotherapy sessions thereafter, are typically 45 minutes long. However, they may be changed to 30 or 60 minutes if needed.
What does it involve?
Alys will start the session by watching your dog walk and trot outside, followed by circles in both directions. You will then go into a consult room where Alys will take a case history before feeling the dog from head to tail. She will then treat areas that need attention and demonstrate a home exercise plan for you to do at home in between sessions.
How much does it cost?
A 45-minute session is £45, including electrotherapies. If the K-laser is used however, there is a £15 surcharge.
How many treatments will my dog need?
This will depend on numerous factors, including how acute or chronic the condition is, the age of the dog, the ability of both the dog and owner and how well the dog responds to treatment. Typically the dog will need to be seen for a second treatment within 2 weeks of the first treatment, with treatment sessions being spaced out thereafter accordingly.