When should Physiotherapy begin?

PhysiotheraphyPhysiotherapy should begin as soon after the injury or surgery as possible, there is no need to wait until after removal of sutures.  It can begin soon after your pet goes home or in some cases may be provided while the pet is still in the veterinary hospital.  This does not mean strenuous exercise but gentle movement and techniques to reduce pain early after injury or surgery which can help stimulate healing.

Physiotherapy will also help to reduce swelling and stiffness, reduce muscle atrophy and reduce degeneration of other tissue such as cartilage, bone and ligament.  Complications due to immobilisation or confinement to a cage, with no exercise in the first few weeks can be prevented if physiotherapy commences early.