Post-operative rehabilitation

Post-operative rehabilitation

Following orthopaedic or spinal surgery, physiotherapy benefits cats and dogs in the following ways:

  • Pain control (massage, Tellington Ttouch, electrotherapies, checking your pet’s painkiller regime and communicating with your primary care vet if this needs adjusting).
  • Improved quality of movement during the recovery period. This reduces subsequent over-loading and stiffness in other parts of the body.
  • Helping get any “lifestyle adjustments” just right during recovery, e.g. sling-walking, lead-walking, how to lift your pet safely, outdoor access and/or crate-restriction if needed.
  • Improved circulation and tissue healing.
  • Safe, gradual strengthening of the affected body part from day one post-op right up until return to full exercise.
During the first few days after an operation, it is essential to improve patient comfort and to protect the operated area.

During the first few days after an operation, it is essential to improve patient comfort and to protect the operated area.

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