Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

The Village Veterinary Clinic of Hamburg opens its doors to pets in need of physical therapy and rehabilitation.  We pride ourselves on being able to offer our clients with the most cutting edge technology along with the comfort and care that we have been providing for years.  This service may fill a missing piece in a pet’s comfort puzzle.  The goal of our veterinary physical therapist, Dr. Cely and her team, is to provide patients with reduction in pain and inflammation.  They also strive to improve quality of life.  Please contact the hospital with any questions about our physical therapy program.

During the first appointment, your pet will receive a complete physical exam, as well as orthopedic and neurological assessments, to determine your pet’s specific needs and the treatments indicated.  Most of the recommended treatments can be completed on an outpatient basis, with some immediate post-surgical cases requiring hospitalization.  Our patient’s owners play an integral role in their pet’s treatment by performing strength, conditioning and other exercises at home following detailed demonstrations by the therapy team.  It is this coordination between therapist, owner and patient that will maximize the potential for a successful outcome!

Physical Therapy sessions include:

  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Range of Motion exercises (passive- PROM and active- AROM)
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening affected tissues
  • Balance
  • Conditioning

Therapeutic options utilized in session:

  • Laser Therapy
  • TENS Therapy (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat and Cold Therapy
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Cavaletti Poles
  • Balance/Wobble Boards
  • Physioballs (peanut ball)
  • Land Treadmill
  • Massage Therapy

(just to name a few)

Each patient is specifically evaluated by Dr. Cely and an individualized therapy plan is then created.  The plan is customized to the unique needs of your pet.  Each pet also receives a specific home rehabilitation program to continue therapy while not at the clinic.

Who can benefit from Physical Therapy?

All pets can benefit from physical therapy!  Both dogs and cats and those young and old can be affected by pain or injury.  Both acute and chronic injuries can greatly benefit from physical therapy!

Some examples of conditions that would likely benefit from therapy are as follows:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle, tendon, or ligament strain or sprain
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Back injuries
  • IVDD (intervertebral disc disease)
  • Spondylosis (spinal arthritis)
  • Fractures
  • Cranial ligament (ACL) ruptures or tears
  • Amputation
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation (knee cap moves out of place)
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE)
  • Degenerative myelopathy (spinal cord condition)
  • Vestibular disorder
  • Recent orthopedic surgeries
  • Overweight “big boned disease” 🙂
  • THESE ARE JUST TO NAME A FEW!  This is a limited list; many conditions can benefit from physical therapy.

Don’t forget that our feline friends can also greatly benefit from physical therapy!

Massage Therapy

You may also consider a therapeutic massage for your pet.  Dr. Cely offers 3 different types of massage, depending on your goal.

Massage therapy is meant to help relieve stress and relax muscles in a patient.  With the specific massage techniques, muscles spasms, aches and pains are reduced.  As a result range of motion and circulation are improved.

Relaxing Massage  (15 MIN) or (30 MIN)

Dr. Cely utilizes effleurage (a form of massage that involves the palm of your hand creating a circular motion), light wringing and circular massage techniques.

Regular massage maintains a dog’s general well-being and can provide early detection of health changes.

Diagnostic Massage  (20-30 MIN)

By running her hands and fingertips over areas to feel for tenderness, swelling or other abnormalities, Dr. Cely scans for lumps, sores, swellings or reactions such as snapping, flinching or crying out. This routine can be utilized in conjunction with a relaxing massage, allowing for a release of endorphins (natural healing hormones) promoting a feeling of contentment and comfort that can extend well into the day and evening.

Sports Massage  (15 MIN)

The goal of this massage is to invigorate muscles, increase blood flow and prepare the body for strenuous activity (agility, swimming or long runs).

Canine athletes are better prepared for and recover more quickly afterward when massage is a regular component of the training program. Massage helps prepare dogs mentally and physically for the event and reduces the chance of injury. Massage also comforts tired muscles and reduces the potential for cramping and post-exercise soreness.

Meet the physical therapy team!:

Licensed veterinary technician: Kara, LVT 

Assistants: Molly, Kristy