Rehabilitation: As your pet ages, their body goes through changes similar to aging humans. Many senior pets struggle with mobility issues, some of which you may be seeing at home right now. Does your pet seem to have more difficulty getting up in the morning? Or becomes stiff after heavy play? Or limps off and on? These can all be signs of osteoarthritis, which is a very common problem we see here at the clinic. While we can’t make the arthritis go away for our loyal friends we can help their bodies feel better and give them a better quality of life by getting them engaged in physical therapy. Dr. Ohman has taken a special interest in physical therapy and is now making physical therapy sessions available for animals in need, whether they have generalized age-related changes, have had an orthopedic surgery and need therapy post-operatively, or have another specific injury in which surgery is not an option. If you are interested in physical therapy for your pet give us a call and we will set up a personalized 6-week therapy session for your pet. Sessions will be conducted once weekly, and you will leave your pet here for the day during which we will conduct two approximately 30-40 minute therapy sessions that will include range of motion exercises, massage, obstacles, incline walking on a ramp, cavaletti poles and much more! Also we encourage you to try to attend one or more sessions so you can learn how to do these techniques at home for continued care for your companion.
Link receiving his weekly rehabilitation treatment.
Laser Therapy: Laser therapy is a drug free, non-surgical pain relief option that uses specific wavelengths of light to create a warming, therapeutic effect. The effects include pain reduction, increased circulation, decreased swelling, as well as improved healing time. Laser therapy provides therapeutic effects by increasing circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. By doing this the body is able to reduce inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. Laser therapy can be used for, but is not limited to: Post-surgical pain, joint pain, ligament sprains, muscle strains, puncture wounds, post-traumatic injury, rehabilitation, hip dysplasia, burns, neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, edema and congestion, joint pain, chronic wounds, and post-orthopedic surgical recovery. Laser therapy can also be used in conjunctionwith additional treatments such as rehabilitation and acupuncture. The duration of treatments depends on the condition being treated and how long the patient has been experiencing pain. Some patients respond to treatment after one session but because each treatment is cumulative many require 5 to 8 or more treatments for the full effects to be felt. During a typical treatment most patients do not feel any stimulation, with the exception of a slight warming feeling, and each treatment is also relatively short at only 3 to 8 minutes per site. Very few side effects have been reported with laser therapy, although occasionally some old pain symptoms or injuries may feel aggravated after treatment. Each case will be evaluated by a veterinarian and a treatment schedule will be determined based on your pet's needs.