Dr. Tara Hudye BSc., D.V.M., CCRP
As a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP), Dr. Tara Hudye is pleased to offer a new therapy for our canine and feline friends. Although physical rehabilitation is a relatively new area of veterinary medicine, it has become essential in providing our pets the greatest opportunities for recovery from a number of different ailments. These include orthopedic surgery, soft tissue injuries, the pain and discomfort of arthritis and neurological conditions associated with the aging of our companions. With an appropriate treatment plan specific to each animal, many of our beloved pets can find relief.
We start with an initial assessment of your dog, examining their structure, gait and any compensation mechanisms present. An in depth neurological, joint and muscle examination helps to guide us in the treatment of your pet.
Reasons for seeking physical rehabilitation can include but is not limited to post-operative recovery, neurological conditions, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease, pain control, sports related injuries and performance problems, assistive mobility devices (orthotics and prosthetics) and weight loss/conditioning.
An effective method of rehabilitation for all animals. See our “Underwater Treadmill” page for more information!
Laser therapy uses light energy to reduce pain, increase metabolic activity, and facilitate healing. The light from the laser is absorbed by the cells within the tissue, which activates cell reproduction and growth. Laser therapy also stimulates the suppression of nerve cells and releases endorphins, helping to decrease pain and discomfort.
Electrical stimulation is the application of electrical impulses to muscles, stimulating contractions. It aids in pain management and prevents muscle atrophy (muscle loss).
Ultrasound waves are produced by synthetic crystals that vibrate at a particular frequency which can, then, penetrate the skin. Ultrasound therapy has both thermal and non-thermal effects. The thermal effect of ultrasound is used to heat the tissues where appropriate and the non-thermal effect can be used for wound healing.
Massage and manual therapy techniques include mobilization of extremity joints and spine, stretching, traction massage and soft tissue mobilization. These techniques can improve joint range of motion, increase circulation and enhance soft tissue mobility. This exercise and conditioning therapy can help to regain normal joint function, provide relief for tired and stressed muscles and help your pet build the needed muscle to return to normal daily life after injury or surgery.
Home Therapeutic Exercises
At home therapeutic exercises program is an essential part of a rehabilitation program; for patients being treated for surgical or chronic conditions. The goals of therapeutic exercises are to increase strength, mobility, endurance and decrease pain. All soft tissue, orthopedic and neurological cases can benefit from therapeutic exercises. The rehabilitation session will guide the owner and the patient through the movement while explaining its purpose in the rehab protocol. The rehabilitation program will be reevaluated and additions may be added to the plan at every session in order to maximize all potential benefits.
Lakewood Animal Hospital is an approved CRI Internship site. We work with students from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and give them a chance to work directly with a rehabilitation professional and get the hands on experience that is essential to their training. Please call 306-545-6487 for more information.