Physical rehabilitation is the diagnosis and management of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions, particularly those with injury or illness related to the neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. The goal of rehabilitation is to achieve the highest level of function, independence and quality of life possible for the patient.
Veterinarians certified in animal rehabilitation provide leadership to a rehabilitative team that can consist of other veterinary professionals, such as physical therapists, technicians and rehabilitation therapists. They will work closely with your pet's primary care and specialty veterinarians. Your rehab-certified veterinarian can prescribe pain medications if needed and may offer therapies such as acupuncture and spinal manipulative therapy. They will also prescribe a treatment program including additional therapies (see Rehab Therapies) that is specifically designed to meet your pet's needs. This multimodal approach provides greater opportunity for a successful outcome.