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Rehabilitation

Dr. Pamela Levin and the team at BEVS are committed to improving the quality of life of their patients and providing excellent communication with clients and their referring veterinarians. We strive to work together to provide state of the art compassionate care for your pets.

What is physical rehabilitation?

Physical rehabilitation adapts human physical therapy techniques and equipment to increase function and mobility of joints and muscles in animals. Rehabilitation can reduce pain and enhance recovery from injury, surgery, degenerative diseases, age-related diseases, and obesity.

Dr. Pamela Levin is a veterinarian with advanced training and certification in both canine rehabilitation and acupuncture.  This allows for an integrative approach to your pets condition and a comprehensive plan of treatment.

What are the benefits of physical rehabilitation?

  • Improving joint range of motion
  • Improving muscular strength
  • Facilitating functional recovery from surgery
  • Decreased swelling and pain
  • Improving quality of life
  • Reducing the risk of injury in canine athletes
  • Fitness and conditioning

What conditions are treated with Rehabilitation?

  • Postoperative cases including: Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair (TPLO,TTA, Lateral Suture), Patella Surgery, Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO), Fracture Repair, Total Hip Replacement, Arthroscopy, Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) and Spinal Cord Surgery (Intervertebral Disc Disease, Wobblers, etc.)
  • Chronic conditions (arthritis, disc disease, pain)
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE)
  • Lameness, weakness, gait abnormalities

Services we provide

  • Therapeutic laser therapy
  • NMES (neuromuscular electrostimulation or E-stim)
  • Manual therapy (massage, stretching,  joint and/or soft tissue mobilization)
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Chronic pain management using a multimodal approach
  • Thermotherapy (heat and ice including Game Ready® icing and compression therapy)
  • Home exercise programs
  • Wheelchair/cart fitting
  • Assistive devices (slings, harness, braces)
  • Acupuncture

What is laser therapy?

Also known as cold laser, therapeutic laser is the use of light energy to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain relief.  The laser uses focused light of specific wavelengths to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of the skin.  Laser therapy works by affecting tissues at a cellular level, increasing cellular metabolism which leads to increased blood circulation, decreased inflammation and release of the body’s natural pain relieving hormones.  The laser can be used for a variety of conditions, but most frequently is used for postoperative pain management, arthritic conditions, soft tissue conditions (tendon or ligament issues), back pain and wounds.  This easy to administer noninvasive modality is well tolerated by pets and causes no discomfort.

What to expect during an appointment?

All new patients will be asked to fill out a mobility questionnaire prior to the time of consultation.  A thorough physical exam, including assessment of stance, gait, functional mobility, joint range of motion, muscle strength, neurologic status, and client goals will be discussed.  Upon completion of the exam, an overall assessment and diagnosis will be determined and a therapy plan both in and out of the hospital will be discussed.  Additionally, a home exercise program will be prescribed, as well as any medications, supplements or nutritional recommendations that may be beneficial.  The home exercise program is an invaluable part of the process and will empower you to help your pet reach their goals.

Follow up appointments may include land based therapeutic exercises using equipment such as exercise balls, cavelettis, balance boards, as well as manual therapy including massage, therapeutic laser, heat or ice.