They Say We Gotta Go to Rehab: Creating Rehab Protocols in General Practice
Physical Rehabilitaiton encompasses a multimodal approach towards management of chronic and acute conditions and can help improve surgical outcomes and the quality of animals’ lives. Through an understanding of general physical rehabilitation principles, modalities and case management strategies for common orthopedic and neurological conditions, therapies can be easily integrated general veterinary practices to elevate patient standards of care.
- - Review objective assessment measures used in physical rehabilitation to help guide therapeutic outcomes including goniometry, muscle girth measurements, compensatory assessment, pain and disability scoring
- - Summarize common orthopedic and neurological conditions which may benefit from rehabilitation; including different age or at-risk populations (obesity, working or performance)
- - Understand how different physical modalities such as photobiomodulation, pulsed electromagnetic fields and soundwave therapy are utilized and integrated in the multimodal approach. Review how individualized therapeutic exercise programs are utilized, including frequency of treatments and protocol development
- - Discuss importance of continuing education for all team members and strategies for successful outcomes when discussing therapies with pet parents