What is physical rehabilitation?
Physical rehabilitation in pets is the same as physical therapy in people. A number of different techniques are used to treat chronic conditions, traumatic or postoperative injuries, or to help with weight loss and conditioning. The benefits of physical therapy have long been recognized in humans and include: improvement of joint function and range of motion, increased muscle strength, cardiovascular conditioning and quicker return to normal function.


How does it work?
The specific needs of your pet are identified after a detailed evaluation, then a treatment plan and goals are established. In addition, home exercise programs that will help achieve these goals are commonly prescribed and reviewed with you.


Will it hurt my pet?
Rehabilitation should never hurt your pet. Just as humans experience occasional muscle soreness after exercising, this may happen to your pet. However, the program is carefully tailored for your pet's individual diagnosis. Some patients may require pain medications and/or other types of medication either temporarily (eg, after having surgery) or long-term (eg, for dogs with osteoarthritis). This, however, is a result of your pet's underlying condition and is not because of the therapy itself.

 
How long until I see results?
It depends on your pet's individual case. Many pets respond positively after just 1 to 2 treatments. Some chronic conditions require many more treatments. As with any treatment, there is no guarantee that it will work.

 
How much will it cost?
The average cost of a rehabilitation program, which includes the initial evaluation, the design and instruction of a home exercise program, and 5 to 10 treatment visits, ranges from $300.00 to $750.00. Most rehabilitation programs last 6 to 8 weeks.

 
Will I need to do this for the rest of my pet's life?
The typical rehabilitation program lasts several weeks ( up to 8 weeks). For certain conditions, some forms of physical rehabilitation, such as a structured program at the clinic and at home, may need to be followed for the rest of the pet's life.



What is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP)?
CCRPs are animal health care professionals who evaluate and treat dogs with health problems resulting from injury, disease, aging, or obesity. Rehabilitation practitioners also provide support in conditioning for sport and show dogs.
 
This profession is directed at evaluating, restoring and maintaining a dog’s physical function and movement. Working with the owner, veterinarian and often other healthcare professionals, a rehabilitation practitioner helps your animal to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. Equipped with a specialized education and extensive experience, CCRPs are able to assess and treat movement and function.
 
Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation are recognized sciences applied to both humans and animals. The goals of therapy are to relieve pain, restore range of motion/movement, improve function, prevent injuries and expand the physical potential of the patient.


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