Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation Service
We believe that all patients should have the opportunity to have physical rehabilitation following injury or surgery of the musculoskeletal or neurologic systems. Our goal is to provide the highest standard of rehabilitative care and personal attention to each patient and their owner. We offer not only tried-and-true physical therapy treatments that have been used in humans for decades but also cutting-edge therapies being developed every day in both human and animal medicine. Our mission is to provide scientifically proven treatment to improve the quality and quantity of life of our companion animals, thereby enriching the lives of the families they belong to!
The Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation Service at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center is a worldwide leader in the area of physical rehabilitation of small animals. Our service includes two board-certified Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (one is also a veterinary orthopedic surgery specialist), a resident (licensed veterinarians pursuing specialty training), two veterinary nurses, fourth-year veterinary students, and a veterinary assistant. We work with other specialties at our hospital such as neurology, orthopedics, nutrition, and oncology to provide comprehensive state-of-the-art care for patients following surgery or for medical management of musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders.
There are many benefits of physical rehabilitation for animals. They include but are not limited to improved mobility with less pain whether from age, disease or surgery, increased muscle mass for younger, active dogs to help prevent injury, helping maintain muscle mass for our senior dogs as they age. Rehabilitation is crucial for a quicker return to function for post-operative patients. It also provides a non-invasive alternative to surgery for animals that may not be eligible for surgery as well as a positive bonding activity as the patient and client work together during the healing process.
Non-surgical treatments/procedures (modalities)
- Cart/wheelchair fittings
- Orthotic/prosthetic fittings
- Assistive devices (harnesses, booties, toe grips)
- Gait evaluation equipment (force plate, Tekscan walkway, stance analyzer, infrared motion analysis)
- Regenerative Medicine (stem cell and platelet-rich plasma)
- Genetic testing (OFA and Pennhip testing)