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SCVS has a hydrotherapy/ physiotherapy suite, run by Donna Scott a fully qualified animal physiotherapists, Andrew Gardiner and Jessica Grainger both Acpat qualified physiotherapists, with the support three assistants. This ensures that all patients receive appropriate physical therapy postoperatively and during their convalescence for optimum recovery. Meet the team.
Rehabilitation following neurological and orthopaedic injury or disease is well established in people and is considered a key component of recovery. Our aim is to maintain comfort and return our patients to activity as quickly as possible. We are able to achieve optimum recovery because of the combined ongoing reassessment of the physiotherapist and specialist veterinary surgeons.
The goals of physical therapy are to help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities in patients with injury or disease. Physical therapy is also used to reduce swelling, inflammation, muscle spasm, promote healing and prevent secondary complications.
To achieve these goals various items of equipment and therapeutic modalities are available to aid recovery.
Thermotherapy (heat and cold application)
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
Low level laser therapy
Specific exercise equipment including physiotherapy-rolls, wobble boards, air-filled cushions and cavaletti rails.
With the cooperation of the owner, physiotherapist and the veterinarian, all patients are provided with home exercises and equipment tailored to match their particular requirements. A plan of care and physical therapy is instituted immediately after surgery and continued until the patient leaves the hospital whereupon owners are shown how to perform rehabilitation exercises with their pet at home.
All rehabilitation exercises are demonstrated by our staff to ensure that owners feel comfortable and happy applying physical therapy.
At SCVS every orthopaedic and neurological condition we treat is provided with some form of physical therapy. We also accept external referrals for neurological and post-operative orthopaedic case. You can download our “Physiotherapy and Underwater Treadmill” leaflet for more information.
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Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists
Unit 6, Forest Corner Farm,
Telephone: 01425 485615
Fax: 01425 480849