Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats: Rehabilitation and Pain Management
Barbara Bockstahler, DVM, FTA, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
David Levine, PhD, PT, DABPTS, CCRP
Darryl Millis, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRP

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This book will be a welcome addition to the clinical treatment of physical impairment or post-surgical rehabilitation. Physical therapy is increasing its place in the clinic as a regular part of overall case resolution. It was a long time coming—I remember when the common therapy was cage rest.

This book is important in that it describes what therapy is needed for which injury, then shows photos of how to apply exercise, manipulation, heat, cold, magnets, or electrical stimulation. The goals are clearly explained and the treatment's expected results are outlined. The photos would be useful to show the client for at-home continuation of treatment so they might better understand how to apply the therapy. (Now, if you can get client compliance, you are on a winning track).

There is an excellent chapter on the basic concepts of physical therapy. The book explains the connection between muscles and bones and how the particular therapy works to correct the problem. There are interesting points made to explain the mechanics of healing, and change to soft tissue and bone. The explanation of the effects of electrotherapy on tendons and muscles takes away some of the snake-oil perception still held in some circles.

Some of the therapies are the same for several disorders—you will notice that a few photos appear in several locations regarding different treatments. It must have saved some small amount to repeat the use of photos, but when the reader realizes that he has seen the photos before, it does cause one to stop reading and go back to the repeated photo to figure out what is happening (easy to figure out, but distracting). It breaks the concentration. One of the primary rules of writing is to NOT distract the reader.

There are some criteria (history) lists to determine the depth of pain, comments on analgesics, preemptive and balanced, plus a good list of analgesics, their dosages, frequency, manufacturer, and indications. The chapter on examining the patient is extensive and well thought out.

The use of a TENS unit is well documented and illustrated as to placement and examined as to indication and expected result. Water therapy is also discussed and illustrated.

Most of the book is illustrated using dogs, but cats are also covered, and there are excellent methods offered for inducing exercise in a cat.

The importance of dietary management to assist physical therapy is covered. Therapies may be modified if the patient is under- or overweight. Also discussed are the various medical issues that contribute to physical weakness, and the use of supportive therapies (wobbler syndrome, degenerative disease, fractures, etc.).

My special thanks to the very patient dogs who must have suffered through hours of massage, heat packs, ultrasound, and play in order to illustrate the book. The book is interesting reading on its own.

There is an accompanying CD-ROM, 45 minutes, illustrating the examination, massage, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, shock wave therapy, and use of an underwater treadmill.

Lifelearn Publications, Ontario, Canada (2004).

301 pages, paper cover, color illustrations.

ISBN: 9783938274095.


Table of Contents
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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
 
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Animal Physiotherapy
 
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Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: December 4, 2009

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