Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2015 Jan;45(1):123-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.09.007. Epub 2014 Oct 14.

Rehabilitation and physical therapy for the neurologic veterinary patient.

Author information

1
Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, NCSU CVM VHC #2563, 1052 William Moore Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607-4065, USA.
2
Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, NCSU CVM VHC #2563, 1052 William Moore Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607-4065, USA. Electronic address: djmarcel@ncsu.edu.

Abstract

A comprehensive physiotherapy plan for neurology patients manages pain, prevents secondary complications, and supports the health and function of musculoskeletal tissues during recovery. Neurologically impaired patients range in ability from complete immobility (tetraplegia/paraplegia), partial mobility (tetraparesis/paraparesis), mild ataxia, to pain only. Important considerations for the design of a physiotherapy program include access to the patient, level of staff support, and safety of staff, patient, and client during treatments. A thorough overview of the treatment plan and expected outcome should be discussed with the client at the onset of therapy and should be reviewed frequently, particularly as the patient's status changes.

KEYWORDS:

Canine rehabilitation; Client education; Neurology; Pain management; Physiotherapy; Rehabilitation

PMID:
25440754
DOI:
10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.09.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center