Coastal Carolina Veterinary
Specialists' rehabilitation department provides
rehabilitative services and treatment for post-operative
patients, animals with dysfunction, injury, pain or physical
abnormalities. Treatment techniques include modalities (ice,
heat, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound), joint
mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, massage, therapeutic
exercise, aquatic therapy, acupressure, and much more.
Canine rehabilitation can make a difference in the lives of
CCVS Canine Rehabilitation Brochure
Benefits of Canine Rehabilitation Therapy:
- Improved mobility after
an orthopedic or neurological injury
- Timely and safe use of a
painful limb after injury or surgery
- Improve and prolong the
quality of life of geriatric and arthritic patients
- Management of acute and
- Increase the fitness of
athletic animals and working dogs
- Provide weight loss
programs and nutritional management for obese patients
- Provide ambulatory
assistance to patients needing carts or orthotic
Indications for Treatment:
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)
Conditioning for the canine athlete or the pampered pet
- Optimize recovery from surgery or injury
- Decrease post surgery or injury recovery time
- Improve flexibility
- Improve mobility
- Increase strength
- Improve motor skills
- Decrease pain and stiffness
- Improve balance and reaction time
- Improve core stability
- Improve exercise tolerance and endurance
- Encourage weight loss
- Psychological benefits
- Improve cardiopulmonary fitness
Modalities of Therapy:
Hydrotherapy: Swimming and Underwater Treadmill
Heat and Cold Therapy
Low Level laser therapy (coming soon)
Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy
Water both stimulates and relaxes and can affect all systems
of the body on the physical level. The buoyancy of water
supports and lessons stress on the joints encourages freer
movement and provides a safe environment for exercise.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy:
- Comfortable movement
- Earlier return to function
- Muscle strengthening
- Increased cardiovascular stamina
- Neuromuscular Re-education
- Weight loss
- Increase in patient's self confidence
Patient benefiting from swimming or underwater treadmill
sessions may include:
- Geriatric, obese and arthritic patients
- Those suffering from paralysis, dysplasia and/or other
mobility, orthopedic or soft tissue issues
- Pre and post surgical patients
- Those seeking injury prevention and/or total body
- Those seeking increased body awareness, and improved
balance and coordination
- Anyone seeking the benefits of therapeutic exercise
therapy is especially popular when weather conditions of
extreme cold or heat make it difficult for owners to
provide regular exercise for their companions.
The only form of exercise in which there is no impact on the
joints and soft tissue. The buoyancy of the water opens
joint spaces, which increasing range of motion, provides
resistance, and allows all the major muscle groups to be
worked at the same time.
The UWTM has the same benefits as a regular treadmill but
without the impact to the joints. The addition of the water
helps to increase muscle tone and body awareness.
Water height is regulated to accommodate different sized
animals and adjust for weight bearing.
The principle of buoyancy combined with that of resistance
makes this a most unique and safe method of rehabilitation.
The UWTM provides an opportunity to strengthen muscles with
little to no pressure o the patient's joints. The warmth of
the water helps to increase flexibility and mobility of
muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround the joints as
well as enhance circulation.
Therapeutic Ultrasound: High frequency acoustic energy used
for thermal or non-thermal effects in superficial and deep
tissues. Ultrasound can be used as a thermal modality to
increases blood flow and tissue temperature to deep tissues.
These thermal effects aid in remodeling scar tissue,
breaking down adhesions between tissues, improving the distensibility of connective tissue, and relieving pain,
stiffness and muscle spasms. Non-thermal ultrasound has
pain-modulating effects and may enhance healing.
Magnetic Therapy works by applying a magnetic field
to the body's cells. The electric current that naturally
flows within the body's cells is influenced by this magnetic
field. These pulsed signals initiate biological reactions,
which lead to the acceleration of the healing process.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is the
stimulation of peripheral nerves to cause a sensory or motor
response. NMES is primarily used to provide neuromuscular
re-education following neurological trauma, attenuate
atrophy, control pain and reduce edema.
Massage is used to increase circulation, reduce muscle
spasms, decrease stress, decrease muscle restrictions,
reduce swelling and help relieve pain and bolster the immune
Cryotherapy is the therapeutic us of cold agents.
Cryotherapy is used to decrease acute inflammation, decrease
and control edema, decrease pain perception, and reduce
exercise induced muscle soreness.
Therapeutic Activities: Therapeutic exercises are tailored
to the patient's needs. Therapeutic exercises may be used to
increase flexibility, strengthen muscles, increase weight
bearing, and improve balance and proprioception. Exercises
may be demonstrated to the client so that they can be
performed as a home exercise program.
Laser Therapy: Laser therapy enhances wound healing,
increases blood flow and stimulates the body's release of
endorphins. Our facility now offers this beneficial
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