Our Veterinary Physiotherapists provide support for many patients within the hospital, primarily those being treated for orthopaedic and neurological conditions. After surgery these patients will be discharged with an individual rehabilitation plan for their owners to follow at home in order to achieve the optimum outcome. Follow-up appointments can be scheduled here to update this plan as the animal progresses, helping to manage pain, improve the speed and quality of their recovery and ensure the best possible mobility and quality of life at each stage.
As well as hands-on techniques such as massage, range of motion, myofascial release, and joint mobilisation, patients can benefit from electrotherapies including K-laser therapy (class 4), Omega laser therapy (class 3B), pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), therapeutic ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machines (TENS) and neuromuscular electrical nerve stimulation (NMES). Our team are also able to offer advice on environment, exercise management and mental wellbeing during rehabilitation, and recommend other therapies as appropriate, such as hydrotherapy.
We accept both pre- and post-surgical and conservatively managed cases. Examples of cases that we can support with physiotherapy include:
- Arthritis – osteoarthritis and immune-mediated polyarthritis
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Cruciate ligament disease
- Patella luxation
- Broken bones (fractures) and joint dislocations
- Shoulder instability and bicipital tenosynovitis
- Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow, shoulder, stifle or hock
- Spinal stenosis, spondylosis and spondylitis
- Lumbosacral disease
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Other neurological conditions such as ANNPE, FCE, vestibular syndrome
- Muscle strains, such as iliopsoas or gastrocnemius pathology
- General behaviour changes or change in ability
- Maintenance check-ups
Our physiotherapy team all hold an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy and are members of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP).
Our Veterinary Physiotherapy team are happy to provide advice by phone or email. Please contact us.