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How can Physio help?


Canine Cruciate Ligament tear (CCL)

The goals of rehabilitation are to reduce pain, inflammation, to help regain full mobility, strength, & muscle mass.

Physiotherapy options to help with conservative management or after surgery are:

  • Ice Therapy

  • Compression

  • Massage & stretches

  • Specific strengthening exercises

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Home exercise plan

  • Home management plan

  • Electrotherapies

Patellar luxation

What is a luxating patella?

A normal healthy knee bends and the kneekep cap slides up and down the groove.  However, when the kneecap slips out of the groove, this is not healthy and is called a luxating patella.

When this happens, it stops the knee from bending, causes a limp and rubs past the bone as it slips, which over time, can cause pain and arthritis

Patella luxation can affect one or both knees, and varies from grade 1 to grade 4 in dogs.

It can also be present in horses, known as 'sticky stifle', and can be due to growth spurts,  conformational faults, abnormal stifle angulation, a sudden growth spurt and pregnancy.

How can Physio help?

Rehabilitation can promote a more rapid return to normal function by

  • Maintaining normal range of motion in the joints

  • Maintaining or increasing muscle development

  • Improving balance and co-ordination.

  • Speed up recovery and increase the likelihood of an excellent outcome. 

Kissing Spine in horses

Kissing spine is now unfortunately a more commonly diagnosed problem for horses and after surgery, can involve a long period of rehabilitation and will take patience and time.

I have produced a free booklet with 3 ideas to help your horse.

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

This devastating disease is common in large breeds, particularly German Shepherds, and sadly there is no cure.  Degenerative means that the disease progresses, sometimes rapidly, but research has shown that daily physio has been proven to reduce the rate of the disease.

Contact me below for your free PDF on Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Intevetebral Disc Extrusion (IVDD)

If your dog has suffered IVDD, physio and rehab will be important to help with:-

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Reduce pain and spasm

  • Maintain soft tissues flexibility

  • Improve core strength

  • Stimulate sensory input

  • Re-train gait

  • Re-establish neural pathways

Further treatment will help to 

  • Strengthen core stability

  • Improve gait and co-ordination

  • Increase exercise tolerance and overall cardiovascular fitness

  • Return to normal function