Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of Animals
Edited by: Catherine McGowan, BVSc, DMACVSc DEIM, PhD, ILTM, MRCVS, Finland;
Lesley Goff, BAppSc, GDip ManipPhysio, MAppSc (ExSpSc), MAnimSt (Anim Physio), Australia;
Narelle Stubbs, BAppSc (Physio), MAnimSt (Anim Physio), Australia

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This book should go a long way to preparing the clinician for physiotherapy in practice. Although the book claims to be on "Animals", it is primarily dogs, cats, and horses.

Logically, the book begins with lessons on animal behavior, pain assessment, and aggression -- all important considerations when determining a diagnosis or treatment protocol. This is followed by a chapter on nutrition and the nutritional needs of healthy animals and animals under medical supervision. The biomechanics of the subject animals is next, covering those areas of the body that are most likely to be compromised and requiring therapy. The focus is on the mechanics of equine and canine gait, the vertebral column, and joints. Lameness and related therapy is next, followed by neurological and muscular conditions. These chapters are well illustrated with photos showing how to assess various conditions. Examination of relevant systems is outlined and discussed as to possible diagnoses based on results of the exam.

The chapters on the physiotherapy are excellent, explaining how to assess the problem and treat it. Tests on the static and active animal are explained. There are a lot of good illustrations of how to do an exam on horses to detect muscular or skeletal injury. The practice of manual therapy is explained, with some illustration on its application. Electrotherapy is covered and some techniques are illustrated. Hydrotherapy, seemingly coming into its own, is discussed. I have noticed that many equine veterinarians are getting into some form of hydrotherapy, so this technique should be popular. Pools and underwater treadmills are shown and usages are discussed.

Acupuncture is covered, and canine and equine rehabilitation after surgery/trauma are examined. The points to consider in this section of the book are the sports injury prevention, treatment of athletic injuries, overtraining hazards, and rehabilitation. Considering the current popularity of canine athletic events, treatment of these problems and knowledge of how injuries occur will greatly enhance the average veterinary practice. It goes without saying that equine events put a tremendous strain on the horses and injuries are common.

Injuries are out there, and this book will prepare the clinician for the eventuality of these patients showing up as clients. I would recommend this book for every clinic library, and suggest it be read thoroughly in advance of those presentations.

Blackwell Publishing (2007).

Soft cover, 288 pages, 8.5 x 11" format, numerous photos.

ISBN: 9781405131957.


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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
 
* Equine Injury Rehab. 3rd Ed.
 
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Essential Physiotherapy
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 11, 2007

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