Rehab Aides Post-Op Recovery & Improves Veterinary Surgery Success

Post Operative

Advances in veterinary surgical procedures for orthopedic and neurological injuries and diseases have led to extended lives for our beloved companions. However, some loss of muscle mass is a natural after-effect of some of these surgeries and may even start long before surgery due to decreased muscle use. Post-op rehabilitation therapy can help pets recover quicker, making it easier and less stressful for patients to return to functional activities in their day-to-day lives.

Upon referral from your primary veterinarian, Dr. Kern will carefully review your pet's medical records and history prior to performing a full physical evaluation. Based on your pet's history and physical exam assessment, an individual rehabilitation program will be designed targeting your pet's needs and capabilities. Careful attention to slow increases in exercise duration and difficulty is very important for post-op patients. Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine employs a multi-modal approach when designing an individual rehabilitation program. Some of the modalities that you might see in your pet's custom rehab program are therapeutic exercise, therapeutic massage, hot and cold therapy, electrical stimulation, therapeutic laser and ultrasound treatments, and aquatic therapy. 

Benefits of post-op rehab therapy

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Promotes early weight-bearing
  • Decreases discomfort (reducing the need for pain medication)
  • Strengthens muscles to reverse muscle mass atrophy
  • Increases range of motion
  • Improves return to normal function

Contact us for more information about our post-op rehabilitation therapy services.