Medicine @ LAASER
Rehabilitative Care and Integrative Medicine at LAASER
Our veterinarians are trained in canine rehabilitation therapy, acupuncture, pain management, chinese herbals and more. They are committed to help alleviate pain as well as limitations set by conditions affecting daily living activities and movement. Our team is here to provide high-quality care to assist your pet regain the highest level of performance or self-reliance.
Our rehabilitation team will work side by side with your pet’s primary care veterinarian to ensure transparency in your pet’s care plan. A rehabilitation veterinarian will create a customize treatment program after a thorough evaluation, which includes: a physical examination, orthopedic and neurological assessment, gait analysis, weight bearing assessment with stance analyzer, assessment of daily living activities (stairs/sitting, etc.), review of current supplements and medications, and weight assessment.
Some conditions may be more prevalent in some breeds than others. If you feel like your pet may be experiencing physical limitations resulting in a need for rehabilitative treatments, please contact your pet’s primary care doctor to ask about a referral or visit our ER queue here if immediate attention is needed
Common Conditions Treated by Rehabilitation Veterinarians
While there are many injuries and illnesses that can lead to rehabilitation programs for pets, here is a list of some of the most common conditions seen:
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Conservative management of orthopedic conditions like CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) tear, when surgery is not an option
- Post-op orthopedic and neurological procedures
- Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)
- Degenerative myelopathy (DM)
- Cauda equina compression
Some conditions may be more prevalent in some breeds than others. If you feel like your pet may be experiencing limitations resulting in a need for rehabilitative treatments, please contact your pet’s primary care doctor or visit our ER queue here if immediate attention is needed.
Here is a brief overview of therapies we offer:
- Underwater Treadmill – The buoyancy property of water helps minimize stress to joints and surrounding soft tissue, permitting exercises in a controlled environment. It is used for painful osteoarthritic patients, postoperative orthopedic and neurological procedures, neurological impairments, geriatric care, and obesity management.
- Laser therapy – infrared-light therapy is used for pain management for conditions such as arthritis, muscle pain, anti-inflammatory effect.
- Acupuncture – it involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points to aid in circulation, decrease pain, and muscle spasms.
- Therapeutic Exercise – Therapeutic exercises can target balance, strength, coordination, and flexibility. Can be used post-operatively to regain the best function possible. For other pets, it helps maintain better daily living activities and independence.
- Manual Therapy/Joint Mobilization/Passive Range of Motion – techniques such as passive range of motion (PROM), joint mobilization are used to improve mobility and relieve stress/pain.
- Therapeutic Massage – Massage therapy in pets can help relieve pain, improve mobility, and promote relaxation.
- Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Devices – These are used when a pet needs support for an unstable joint, assist in healing of soft tissue injury, missing part of a limb, a deformed limb, trouble getting up or cannot walk. Such aids could be wraps, hinged devices, prosthetics, carts, harnesses, and others.
- Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy – using electromagnetic fields, this therapy promotes healing, inflammation reduction, and pain relief.