Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy for the Neurologic Veterinary Patient

Cory Sims, Rennie Waldron, Denis J Marcellin-Little

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A comprehensive physiotherapy plan for neurology patients manages pain, prevents secondary complications, and supports the health and function of musculoskeletal tissues during recovery. Neurologically impaired patients range in ability from complete immobility (tetraplegia/paraplegia), partial mobility (tetraparesis/paraparesis), mild ataxia, to pain only. Important considerations for the design of a physiotherapy program include access to the patient, level of staff support, and safety of staff, patient, and client during treatments. A thorough overview of the treatment plan and expected outcome should be discussed with the client at the onset of therapy and should be reviewed frequently, particularly as the patient's status changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-143
Number of pages21
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Canine rehabilitation
  • Client education
  • Neurology
  • Pain management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals
  • Medicine(all)


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