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Physical Rehabilitation

Physical Rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation for your pets can have the same amazing benefits as physical therapy for humans. At Purdue we utilize a variety of manual exercises and modalities to attain better range of motion in joints and increase muscle strength and endurance.

Our end goal is to improve function and performance and increase the overall quality of life for our patients.

Physical Rehabilitation is commonly recommended for:

  • Post-operative and medically managed orthopedic patients

  • Post-operative and medically managed neurologic patients

  • Patients suffering from a variety of soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains

  • Weight management

  • Mental stimulation and mobility improvement and maintenance in geriatric patients

  • Improvement and maintenance of endurance and strength in active dogs, including agility and working dogs

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Conditions Treated and Procedures Offered

We treat common conditions such as arthritis and sports-related injuries, such as muscle strains; we also treat more complicated conditions, including changes in mobility resulting from significant orthopedic or neurologic injury or disease processes. Just as with humans, animals benefit from physical therapy to improve range of motion, achieve pain reduction, and increase quality of life.

Special Equipment

  • Underwater treadmill
  • Physioballs
  • Dino disc
  • Bosu ball
  • Electrical stimulation (TENS and NMES)
  • Balance board
  • Cavaletti rails
  • Land treadmill
  • Therapy laser - Class IV
  • Therapy ultrasound

Rehabilitation Fitness Goals

  • Weight loss
  • Improved physical fitness
  • Pain reduction
  • Improved movement, balance and joint mobility
  • Ancillary arthritis treatment
  • Maximize post-operative healing in orthopedic and neurologic disease
  • Mental stimulation
  • Improved quality of life

Our Staff

Client Instructional Videos

The following videos show proper positioning for passive range of motion and weight shifting exercises. 

Passive Range of Motion

Weight Shifting Exercises

Physical Rehabilitation 

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