All our furry friends can suffer from joint stiffness, muscle tears and ligament damage so physiotherapy is not just for sporting and working dogs.
Physiotherapy helps enable a good quality of life and accelerates healing of those unfortunate injuries, from falls and road traffic accidents to twists and slips. Old age catches up with all of us and preventative physiotherapy can help maintain exercise levels and strength.
How they can show us they need some help:
If your dog displays any of the signs below, he or she may benefit from physiotherapy:
- Difficulty getting up and down
- Behavioural changes
- Different gait or shortened stride
- Uncharacteristic behaviour
- Not wanting to exercise or play as much
- Becoming unwilling to be touched or groomed
- Difficulty/unwillingness to jump into the car
- Excessive licking of limbs
- “NOT HIS/HER USUAL SELF”
Also, as with people, dogs require physiotherapy post orthopedic/ neurological surgery to reduce recovery times and maximize the benefits of the surgery to try to regain maximum possible function.
- Hip/elbow dysplasia
- Rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery like cruciate repairs, hip replacements, femoral head osteotomies
- Osteoarthritis and age related joint issues
- Soft tissue injuries to tendon, ligament and muscle
- Rehabilitation following spinal surgery
- Conservative treatment for neurological and orthopaedic conditions
- Healing of wounds, scar tissue and oedema
- Fittening programmes for weight loss
- Sporting injuries, return to and maintenance of sporting fitness