Neurological (spinal) injury rehabilitation
Rehabilitation therapy is an integrative part of the recovery process after neurological illness or injury.
Whether physiotherapy is integrated post-surgery or as an alternative to surgery, all treatments are individually designed to meet each patient’s needs and goals to assist neurological retraining and return of function.
Common conditions of the spine include:
- intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- lumbosacral disease
- wobbler disease (caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy)
- stroke (fibrocartilagenous embolism)
Rehabilitation is aimed at helping the nerves regenerate by utilising their ability to reorganise and adapt, known as neuroplasticity. We select techniques and modalities that encourage and target functional retraining of motor learning, such as specific manual therapies and massage, electrical stimulation, laser therapy, magnetic field therapy and functional strength and conditioning home exercise programmes.
Rehabilitation plays an integral role in the care of an IVDD patient, whether managed medically or surgically. In the post-op patient, care needs to focus on pain control, nursing care (including bladder management) and rehabilitation of the nervous system to enable early return of function.
We commonly treat dogs and rabbits with neurological problems, and occasionally cats.