Common conditions we treat

Our team has the expertise to treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from orthopedic, to neurologic, to post-surgical cases and more, using the latest rehabilitative and pain management techniques. We have the best staff, equipment, and facility to serve you and your pet through recovery or fitness. Still not sure if we can help your pet? Stop by for on one of our open house days, or schedule an initial consultation and we’ll let you know what we can do to help.

  • Osteoarthritis

    Many of you experience the aches and pain of osteoarthritis on a daily basis. The same is true for your pet. Sadly many pets suffer daily unknowingly or need numerous medications just to take a walk around block. Early pain can be as little as a vacant stare or a slightly decreased appetite before they eventually start to get up or down more slowly or avoid stairs and activity. Decreasing activity in an arthritic dog starts a vicious cycle of muscle wasting that further exacerbates the problem, so we encourage you to START THERAPY EARLY if you have a breed or age of dog that is predisposed to arthritis, or your veterinarian has mentioned arthritis after a physical examination. Recent scientific studies have found that in some large breed dogs, over 75% were euthanized due to mobility problems and NOT medical illness. We find it very rewarding to work with arthritic pets in order to find comfort and mobility for them that truly adds years to their lives and joy to their faces.

  • Hip dysplasia

    We suspect many of you have heard of this disease. Hip dysplasia is a congenital condition in which the hip joint does not develop properly and can result in osteoarthritis at an early age and thus a painful joint space. Young dogs diagnosed with hip dysplasia often are placed on medications early in their lives. These medications can be expensive but also have an impact on their overall health. Starting rehab exercises and therapy will help your pet maintain a healthy lifestyle and not only reduce the need for medications early on but can reduce the need for hip replacement surgery later in life.

  • General weakness

    As pet’s age, they frequently suffer from a myriad of disease processes that can hinder their lifestyle. These diseases often result in muscle wasting and general weakness that begins a downward spiral. Our goal is to strengthen those muscles and help your pet live his or her best life.

  • Degenerative myelopathy

    This is a complex neurological disease that ultimately can result in paralysis. This condition is typically seen in large breed dogs such as German Shepherds and can mimic other neurological disease so proper diagnosis is important. Early intervention with rehabilitation therapy can help keep your pet comfortable and walking longer than with traditional therapies

Not sure if we can help your pet? Stop by for on one of our open house days, or schedule an initial consultation and we’ll let you know what we can do to help.

“I believe that in the near future, failing to refer a patient for physical therapy will amount to malpractice” – 1959 HA Apfelbach, MD Director of Orthopedics, Rush Presbyterian Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Rehabilitation has been standard post-operative procedure for humans for over 50 years, but is relatively new to the veterinary field. Our post-operative pets have previously been told to ‘cage rest’ for 6 weeks or more and now we understand how much that can work against the healing process. Through post-operative rehabilitation, your pet can recover normal function more quickly and be engaged through the process of recovery instead of being cooped up in a confined space.

  • Cruciate disease and injury

    The cruciate ligament helps to stabilize the knee joint. When this ligament is torn or injured, a dog will typically experience lameness in one or both of the rear limbs. While we cannot replace this ligament, there are several surgical procedures to help stabilize the knee. We do not perform these procedures, but will work with your pet after surgery to help your dog recover as quickly as possible. Therapies such as hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill) allow your pet to continue exercising which helps reduce muscle atrophy and expedites the recovery process. The warm water in the treadmill is soothing to the injured area and the buoyancy of the water helps alleviate any strain on the knee joint that can compromise surgical success. While human physical therapy begins on post-operative Day 1, we prefer to begin on Day 3. Please call to schedule ahead of your surgery date so we can assure appropriate timing for your pet’s best and fastest recovery. If your pet has a medical condition that prevents surgical repair or if the ligament is only partially damaged then we can treat exclusively with rehab therapies.

  • Medial patellar luxations

    This congenital condition is common in some of our smallest patients. Does your adorable poodle have a little skip in his step? This can be a sign of medial patellar luxation (MPL) in which the patella or knee cap pops out of place. In severe cases, surgical repair is needed to correct the problem and enable your dog to walk normally. We can help in the post-operative phase to speed up the recovery process. In less severe cases, we can help strengthen the associated muscles and potentially eliminate the need for surgical repair.

  • Fracture repairs

    Has your pet suffered a fall or other traumatic event that resulted in fracture? Once your surgeon has given the all clear we can begin to rebuild the atrophied muscles commonly seen after such an injury using a combination of rehabilitation therapies and modalities.

  • Tendon/muscle injuries

    Veterinary medicine has long overlooked the importance of muscles and tendons, instead focusing on bones and joints because they are easy to feel and diagnose with radiographs (X-rays). Because of this, tendon and muscle injuries tend to be the most overlooked musculoskeletal injury in our pets and athletes today. Our rehab therapists have undergone specialized training that focuses on injuries to muscles and tendons and thus can create a targeted program to help those tissues heal quickly. LASER and ultrasound therapies may be used to alleviate pain and decrease tissue inflammation. In addition, manual therapies typical of human physical therapy can have incredible (and often even immediately visible) positive effects for our canine patients.

  • Amputation

    While dogs with three legs do great and can lead fully functional lives, they can suffer later in life from joint issues such as osteoarthritis. When a limb is lost, dogs learn quickly how to adjust their gait and movement. This change in movement can have a tremendous impact on the remaining three legs. Maintaining core muscle strength and balance through a foundation in rehabilitation therapies can help reduce the impact of these changes.

  • Back pain, IVDD (intervertebral disc disease), Lumbosarcal disease, Wobbler’s disease

    At some point in their lives, many pets will suffer from a neck or back injury. Dogs may not lift heavy objects but their tendency to jump and their four-legged stance places a lot of strain on their spinal column from their neck to their tail. Because of this, veterinarians see a variety of related diseases such as IVDD, Lumbosacral disease, Wobbler’s disease, and back pain. These conditions can result in symptoms from pain to complete paralysis. We offer a variety of therapies that can help restore function and comfort to patients both before and after any surgical procedures that may need to take place.

  • FCE (fibrocartilaginous embolism)

    This neurological condition is commonly referred to as a ‘spinal stroke’ and can result in complete paralysis of one or more limbs. Pet can recover from the debilitating disease but often require intensive therapy and care to regain full function. If necessary, we often in-patient care in which your pet will stay in our state-of-the-art facilities and receive the highest standard of care. Treatments from passive range of motion exercises and E-stim to help combat muscle atrophy and maintain joint health to intense therapies design to help retrain the muscles and nerves all designed to get him/her walking again.

Not sure if we can help your pet? Stop by for on one of our open house days, or schedule an initial consultation and we’ll let you know what we can do to help.

  • Weight

    Dogs that are only 20% overweight are 5 times as likely to succumb to arthritic pain or mobility challenges. Don’t let a little extra love around the middle threaten the health and comfort of your beloved pet. We would be happy to develop a program for fitness and weight loss that would suit both your pet and your family.

  • General fitness

    Fitness is the age-old key to longevity so it is never too early to start on a wellness program. You can use our facilities under technician supervision or we can perform fitness sessions for your pet. Please call for a consultation and start your pet on the road to health and wellness.

Not sure if we can help your pet? Stop by for on one of our open house days, or schedule an initial consultation and we’ll let you know what we can do to help.

  • Athletes

    We love working with athletes and have experience with the fitness and conditioning needed to perform in competition & practice safely as well as successfully.

    We will start with an evaluation of your pet and then design an exercise program based on your pet's level of fitness. This program will include strength and endurance training exercises based on the needs of the athlete and the sport(s) he/she performs. In the event of injury, our veterinary rehabilitation therapist can help your athlete recover as quickly and fully as possible

  • Working dogs

    Protection work, Drug detection, Seeing eye dogs, Therapy dogs, Hunting dogs

    All of these dogs perform a critical function to our families and our society and we want to help keep them in tip-top shape. We understand the needs of a working dog and our state of the art facility can help your dog maintain an optimal level of fitness. If your canine partner has suffered a strained muscle we can pinpoint the problem and perform manual therapies, therapeutic LASER, therapeutic ultrasound, or massage that can help reduce tissue inflammation and get him/her back to work as quickly as possible. Even the healthiest dogs can benefit from exercises that help with strength and balance. It is important to tailor the exercise plan to the particular function of the animal and family. Once a plan is established, you may want to use our facilities or let us design a home program.

    Not sure if we can help your pet?

    Stop by for on one of our open house days, or schedule an initial consultation and we’ll let you know what we can do to help.