For several years, many patients presented with hip and elbow dysplasias, injuries, neurologic conditions and generalized weaknesses due to advanced age or illness and I often found myself frustrated with a lack of knowledge to help these animals. In 2016, I graduated from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Colorado and earned the certification of canine rehabilitation therapist.
The Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation course teaches in depth anatomy and physiology of all the muscles and joints, physical therapy assessment techniques, manual therapy, modalities such as laser and exercise therapy. The sports medicine course teaches about canine sporting events, common injuries, lameness evaluation, gait assessment and conditioning for the canine athlete. The final course before achieving certification focuses on more in depth training in manual therapy, neurological rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise.
As pet owners become more knowledgeable about animal health care, they have growing expectations and now I can better meet these expectations. During an initial mobility assessment, a thorough history and examination is performed to identify issues with joints, muscles or nerves and an individualized treatment plan is designed. A treatment plan may include change in diet, pain management (medications, soft tissue massage, joint mobilizations, modalities, such as laser), therapeutic exercise and close monitoring of progress. My goal for rehabilitation for your pet is ensuring a proper diagnosis, accelerating recovery after surgery or injury, preventing injury by increasing strength and slowing down progression of chronic disease.