At 4Paws Animal Rehabilitation & Wellness Clinic in Huntersville, the care we provide is an extension of our general veterinary services. Treatment plans and therapies are always communicated to ensure continuity of care between the primary care provider and our practice.
Veterinary physical rehabilitation is the diagnosis and management of painful or limiting conditions in animals. It can help improve muscle strength, provide anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, improve blood flow, range of motion, and load bearing capabilities of bone, tendons, and ligaments.
At 4Paws Animal Rehabilitation & Wellness Clinic, our goal is to achieve the highest possible level of function, comfort and quality of life possible for our patients.
Therapeutic exercises help increase the range of motion in a joint or limb.
Therapeutic ultrasound can help to help heal tissue and reduce pain in cats and dogs.
We use cold laser therapy as a pain management treatment for our patients.
Thermotherapy involves alternating between hot and cold for therapeutic purposes.
We use shockwave therapy as a non-invasive treatment for painful conditions.
We use aquatic therapy for relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation.
Athletic conditioning is essential for competitive dogs and working dogs alike.
Spinal manipulation provides healing via manual therapy or chiropractic adjustments.
The specific needs of your pet are identified after a detailed evaluation, then a treatment plan and goals are established. In addition, home exercise programs that will help achieve these goals are commonly prescribed and reviewed with you.
Rehabilitation should never hurt your pet. Just as humans experience occasional muscle soreness after exercising, this may happen to your pet. However, the program is carefully tailored for your pet's individual diagnosis. Some patients may require pain medications and/or other types of medication either temporarily (eg, after having surgery) or long-term (eg, for dogs with osteoarthritis). This, however, is a result of your pet's underlying condition and is not because of the therapy itself.
It depends on your pet's individual case. Many pets respond positively after just 1 to 2 treatments. Some chronic conditions require many more treatments. As with any treatment, there is no guarantee that it will work.
The average cost of a rehabilitation program, which includes the initial evaluation, the design and instruction of a home exercise program, and 5 to 10 treatment visits, ranges from $300.00 to $750.00. Most rehabilitation programs last 6 to 8 weeks.
The typical rehabilitation program lasts several weeks ( up to 8 weeks). For certain conditions, some forms of physical rehabilitation, such as a structured program at the clinic and at home, may need to be followed for the rest of the pet's life.
CCRPs are animal health care professionals who evaluate and treat dogs with health problems resulting from injury, disease, aging, or obesity. Rehabilitation practitioners also provide support in conditioning for sport and show dogs.
This profession is directed at evaluating, restoring and maintaining a dog’s physical function and movement. Working with the owner, veterinarian and often other healthcare professionals, a rehabilitation practitioner helps your animal to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. Equipped with a specialized education and extensive experience, CCRPs are able to assess and treat movement and function.
Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation are recognized sciences applied to both humans and animals. The goals of therapy are to relieve pain, restore range of motion/movement, improve function, prevent injuries and expand the physical potential of the patient.