Is Rehabilitation Beneficial to the Post-Surgical Patient?

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Published on: 13.12.2013


Sarah Girling Bsc BVSc CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

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About The Webinar

The positive perception of physical therapy in the human field together with increased awareness of options, effectiveness and expertise in animals has resulted in increasing demand for its use in animals. This means veterinarians have increasing awareness too but uptake may be slow. My previous ignorant self asked why is physical therapy necessary? Isn’t surgical intervention sufficient? Then as I became more aware “when shall I use it?”, “how does it work?” and “how am I going to engage my clients in it’s effective use”.

Unfortunately, it is not enough to fix a fracture, perform a corrective osteotomy or hemilaminectomy and hope for the best. Equally not all orthopaedic problems require surgical intervention and a patient may benefit from physical therapy more than, or to, avoid surgical intervention. This is basic introduction to the benefits of physical therapy for the general practitioner just starting out.

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