We are also able to offer physical therapy and rehabilitation to the Shoals and surrounding North Alabama area. As with acupuncture, many clients have had a positive experience with physical therapy themselves and want to see their pets benefit as well. Read more about the ways your pet can benefit from rehabilitation therapy at North Alabama Animal Hospital.

Rehabilitation therapy provides similar benefits to animals as physical therapy does for humans. Most all veterinary patients can benefit from rehabilitation. However, greater benefits may be seen in patients affected by the following conditions:

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Non-operable orthopedic conditions (conditions in which surgery may be avoided or delayed, such as patellar luxation, early partial CCL rupture, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia)
  • Non-operable neurologic conditions (FCE)
  • Post orthopedic surgery
  • Post neurologic surgery
  • Chronic, non-healing wound
  • Muscle wasting (Cushings disease, chemotherapy, etc.)
  • Post amputation
  • Geriatric animals
  • Canine athletes

Based on the results of a physical, neurologic and/or orthopedic examination and patient history, an individualized treatment plan will be developed for each veterinary patient. A home exercise plan will be a key component of each plan, and exercises will be demonstrated to owners during the initial consult.

Therapeutic modalities offered include:             

  • Low level laser therapy
  • Land treadmill
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (E-stim)
  • Exercise equipment including proprioception training and core strengthening
  • Manual therapy (range of motion, joint mobilization, massage)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Acupuncture

There are many benefits to be obtained by applying available rehabilitation modalities. Similar to human physical therapy, goals for companion animals include the following:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Improve strength and range of motion
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Accelerate healing
  • Improve quality of life