Physical Rehabilitation After Total Joint Arthroplasty in Companion Animals

Denis J Marcellin-Little, Nancy D. Doyle, Joanna Freeman Pyke

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Abstract

Patients who have total joint arthroplasty have varying needs related to rehabilitation. In the short term, rehabilitation should be used in all dogs to identify high-risk patients and to minimize the likelihood of postoperative complications. Many patients undergoing total hip replacement recover uneventfully without needing long-term physiotherapy. All patients undergoing total knee replacement and total elbow replacement need rehabilitation to restore limb use and maximize their functional recovery. This article presents rehabilitation considerations for companion animals undergoing total hip replacement, total knee replacement, and total elbow replacement; postoperative complications and how to mitigate risks; and anticipated patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-165
Number of pages21
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ambulation assistance
  • Animal rehabilitation
  • Complications
  • Controlled exercise
  • Total elbow replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals
  • Medicine(all)

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