Physical rehabilitation is a critical component to helping your dog recover from surgery. Our rehab program is aimed at:
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Restoring normal movement
- Preventing secondary injuries from developing
- Resolving muscle spasms
- Improving strength and muscle mass in the surgical leg
Dr. Lewis is specially certified to bring you the latest rehabilitative therapy and modalities so that your pet can have the best recovery outcome. We are especially excited about our state-of-the-art, water treadmill from H2OForFitness.
The Oasis is the premier offering in the field of rehabilitation through Hydrotherapy. The natural buoyancy of water assists in a low impact, but high intensity works out. This is especially important in cases of patients in the ‘recovery’ mode. With adjustable water temperature and water level, the water treadmill is a great addition to your pet’s therapy program.
Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy (photobiomodulation therapy), is fast-acting and versatile. This doctor-prescribed, technician-driven modality effectively treats a wide variety of conditions including pre-surgical, post-surgical, acute, and chronic disease states. This proven therapy provides fast results and a non-invasive delivery that patients enjoy. Did we mention the cute eyewear for our patients?
Cold Compression Therapy
The combination of ice and intermittent compression quickly reduces pain and inflammation, resulting in accelerated patient recovery after surgery or injury. Dr. Lewis uses cold compression therapy during recovery in most orthopedic procedures. This therapy greatly decreases your pet’s post-operative swelling, pain, and bruising and combined with the appropriate medications allows for a successful and pain-free recovery.
Additional Therapy Modalities
We evaluate each patient and design a set of exercises that are most effective in that patient’s rehabilitation. These are designed to achieve the goals set for that patient’s recovery. Exercises may be directed at helping the patient with strengthening specific muscles or stretching to increase flexibility or learning how to regain the feeling and use of a foot or limb. We demonstrate each activity in our hospital and teach our clients to perform these at home on a prescribed schedule. We try to incorporate the special needs and skills of patients and their families.