This physical therapist and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner discusses canine physical therapy and demonstrates underwater treadmill therapy in a German shorthaired pointer with a partial cranial cruciate ligament tear and a German shepherd dog with type II intervertebral disc disease and hip dysplasia.
Seattle — Just over two years ago, Dr. Mark Dedomenico, MD, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon with a passion for developing elite equine athletes, opened one of the nation's most luxurious and state-of-the-art equine training and rehabilitation facilities.
After an orthopedic procedure, it is common to have a convalescent period of weeks to months before recovery is attained. Physical rehabilitation may help patients achieve maximum recovery. Physical therapy is also valuable for easing chronic pain in pets.
Though describing a very active house pet, this case represents one possible approach to treating a common condition in many sporting dog breeds, bicipital tendonitis. This case will describe a conservative pre-operative approach to treatment of bicipital tendonitis. In addition, post-operative rehabilitation after biceps tendon release surgery will be discussed.