Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice - Animal Rehabilitation Australia

Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice

David Prydie, Isobel Hewitt
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Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice provides a concise and accessible introduction to physiotherapy that demonstrates its benefits to both veterinary patients and practitioners. One of the fastest growing specialties in veterinary medicine, this book will help you to successfully introduce physiotherapy into your practice improving rehabilitation and recovery of dogs and cats.

Covers an array of different treatments and techniques, such as manual therapies, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy.

Includes practical advice on selecting equipment, examinations, treatment protocols and charging.

Offers strategies for introducing physiotherapy into the practice schedule including space and staffing requirements.

Companion website at provides over 50 printable client education handouts for download.

Suitable for veterinarians in small animal practice as well as other interested members of the veterinary team including veterinary nurses and practice managers.

Table of Contents

About the authors vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xi
About the companion website xiii
1 Introduction 1
2 Anatomy: structure and function of the musculoskeletal system 7
3 Healing 29
4 Clinical examination 47
5 Modalities 69
6 Manual therapies 91
7 Common neurological conditions and their rehabilitation 115
8 Therapeutic exercise 147
9 Splints supports and aids 195
10 Pain 211
11 Treatment protocols 225
12 Setting up a physiotherapy clinic 259
Appendix 1 Nomenclature 279
Appendix 2 Regenerative medicine 281
Appendix 3 Further reading 283
Appendix 4 Useful websites for aids and equipment 285
Index 287


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