Physiotherapy

Dogs lead active lives, full of energy and motion. Sometimes injury can occur from falls, traffic accidents, repetitive twisting or even old age.


Why physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is an accepted rehabilitation aid for cats and dogs following injuries and recovery from post-orthopaedic surgery. Physiotherapy can also help improve general mobility and therefore quality of life in spinal cases and arthritic animals.

Conditions that benefit from physiotherapy

Pre and/or post operative

  • Cruciate repair
  • Bone fractures
  • Hip replacements and excision arthroplasty
  • Spinal surgery cases
  • Road traffic accidents

Other conditions include

  • Elbow-hip dysplasia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Lameness
  • Wounds

What should I do first, Physiotherapy or Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy

We would always recommend a physiotherapy session before commencing hydrotherapy. Most pets are normally sore and have lost a lot of muscle condition by the time they come for help. Physiotherapy is crucial in helping alleviate pain and to start strengthening weak muscles before starting hydrotherapy.

What to do next

After booking in we will contact your vet for permission to see your pet (this is a legal requirement). At your appointment Dr Shahad Mohammed, a fully qualified veterinary physiotherapist (with over 7 years of experience) and member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP, www.navp.co.uk), will observe how you pet walks and will assess your pets muscles and joints. In conjunction with yourself Shahad will devise a rehabilitation programme and show you exactly what exercises you need to do at home on a daily basis. About 7-10 days later Shahad will re-assess your pet. If appropriate Shahad will advise when you pet will be ready to commence Hydrotherapy.

Common techniques

  • Massage, to aid tissue repair, circulation and pain relief
  • Stretching exercises to maintain joint mobilization and strengthen weakened muscle
  • Weight bearing and weight shifting exercises to help correct posture
  • Hydrotherapy for weightless exercise to aid recovery from injury
  • Pulse Magnetic Field Therapy – for pain relief, bone healing and soft tissue repair

Please see the Hydrotherapy page for more details.

Clinics

For clients of Ash Tree Veterinary Practice, Shahad runs a dedicated clinic at the Market Harborough Practice on a Friday between 11am - 3pm. Please speak to your vet if physiotherapy is suitable for your pet. Appointments can be made by phoning Ashtree Veterinary Practice on 01858 462839.

For Park Veterinary Group clients, Shahad runs a dedicated clinic at the Glenfield Practice on a Saturday afternoon between 2pm and 4.30pm. Please speak to your vet if physiotherapy is suitable for your pet. Appointments can be made by phoning the Glenfield Practice on 0116 2311635.

Insurance

Most insurance companies will cover physiotherapy treatment. However it is always best to get confirmation from your insurance company before treatment if you wish to claim your costs.