Pet Physical Rehabilitation & Fitness Training in Tinton Falls

Appointments are available at our Tinton Falls location.

Pet Physical Rehabilitation

Rehab patients are treated for a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease—Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, or previous injury to a joint
  • Degenerative neurologic disease—Degenerative myelopathy and diffuse or peripheral neuropathies
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism
  • Orthopedic surgeries—Cruciate repairs, femoral head and neck excision, total hip replacement, patellar luxation, and fracture repairs
  • Soft tissue injuries—Muscle and tendon
  • Obesity

For active dogs, we customized fitness plans: athletic conditioning and strengthening programs focusing on flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance training. Individualized home care programs are created to supplement hospital treatments.

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Underwater treadmills treat patients living with chronic conditions or recovering from surgeries. Water prevents body weight from stressing painful joints and aquatic therapy promotes muscle strengthening, cardiovascular endurance, increased flexibility, and wellbeing.
    *We are currently upgrading our underwater treadmills and anticipate having them available again by February 1, 2017. Thank you for your patience!
  • Thermotherapy refers to use of cold and heat applications. Cold packs are often used on muscles to reduce inflammation, control muscle spasms, and provide pain relief. Heat packs applied before stretching and flexibility exercises increase circulation, enhance healing, reduce stiffness in joints, and improve flexibility.
  • Electrical stimulation uses different types of electrical current to stimulate tissues. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) increases muscle strength and tone while transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) helps control pain and edema, and decrease muscle spasms.
  • Therapeutic ultrasound transfers energy from sound waves to the body’s tissues to alleviate muscle spasm and pain, heat deep tissue, promote wound healing, and enhance range of motion.
  • Acupuncture has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for more than 4,000 years and involves stimulation of acu-points on the body. Learn how we use acupuncture.
  • Low-level laser, or cold laser, decreases pain and increases rate of healing; it is especially helpful for post-operative incision healing and pain relief, treatment of chronic lick granulomas, tendon and ligament injuries, and osteoarthritis. Learn more about therapeutic laser treatment.
  • Therapeutic soft tissue massage relieves pain, relaxes muscles, and improves blood flow and may be used in conjunction with ROM and stretching exercises.

These pain management therapies include access to pulsed signal therapy.

Exercise Programs for Pets

  • Range of motion (ROM) and stretching exercises—Enhance flexibility and motion in post-operative patients and those with chronic conditions; help prevent further injury to joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and minimize scar tissue formation
  • Therapeutic exercises—Improve flexibility and balance, increase muscle mass and strength, enhance cardiovascular performance, and prevent further injury; include standing exercises, controlled walking, and stair climbing; utilize the underwater treadmill, physiorolls, wobble board, weave polls, and cavaletti rails
  • Weight management—Overweight pets require physical and dietary changes for healthy weight loss; custom-designed programs include aquatic therapy and reduced calorie diet

Podcast

Listen as a member of our physical rehabilitation team discusses the different types of rehab and how pets can benefit from this healing approach. This was recorded during the December 12, 2015 appearance on "Your Pet Matters", 107.7 The Bronc.