Orthopaedic Surgery and After Care for your pets
ARK – Arthritis Rehabilitation K-Laser
Welcome to the ARK
A unique clinic combining a team of independent professionals and our own senior surgeons and nurses working together in a practical way to help reduce pain and rehabilitate family pets and working dogs.
The Ark Offers:
- Reduced activity (including reluctance to walk or play) and stiffness.
- Lameness or change of gait.
- Aggression, irritability or yelping when touched.
- Excessively licking or over grooming specific joints.
What conditions in my pet will benefit from physiotherapy? Manipulative therapy can benefit your pets in numerous ways including:
- Mobilisation after orthopaedic surgery.
- Neurological conditions such as trapped nerves.
- Reducing pain and inflammation for muscle injury and swelling, improving blood circulation and promoting healing
- Reducing pain and increasing joint fluid production in degenerative joint condition
Manipulative techniques may involve soft tissue stretching and massage with joint mobilisation techniques.
K laser therapy
- Relieve pain
- Increase your pets range of motion
- Increase circulation
- Speed up wound healing
- Reduce swelling
What conditions can laser therapy help with? Laser therapy may benefit your pet for many conditions including:
- Hip dysplasia
- Joint pain
- Ligament sprains and muscle strains
- Postsurgical pain and post orthopaedic surgical recovery
- Puncture and chronic wounds
- Post traumatic injury
K-laser therapy is often used with other forms of therapy including physical, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilisation, electrotherapy and following surgery. How is laser therapy performed? One of our veterinary surgeons will discuss with you if laser therapy may benefit your pet. During the consultation they will also explain the treatment plan that would be most suitable for your pets condition. You are more than welcome to be in the room with your pet whilst the laser therapy is performed, but you will need to wear specialised protective goggles during the procedure. Your pets will be able to stand or lie down depending on the area being treated. As laser therapy is drug-free your pet will need no sedation, in fact the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. In most cases fur should not need to be trimmed from the area that is being treated. Once the treatment is started you will see a small red light from the laser and the vet will constantly move that laser probe over the area being treated. What does the treatment feel like? There will be little or no sensation during treatment for your pet. Occasionally they may feel a mild, soothing warmth or tickling. Areas that are painful or inflamed may be sensitive briefly before pain is reduced. Very few side effects have ever been reported after more than 20 years of use by healthcare providers and professionals all over the world. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after the treatment. How long does the treatment take and how often will my pet need to be treated? A typical treatment for your pet is 2 to 8 minutes, depending on their condition and also the size of the area being treated. Some conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. Longer term problems respond better when treatments received 2 to 3 times per week, reducing to once every week or two as improvement is seen in your pet. The table below gives a guidance. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most pets require several treatments (3 to 8) for the greatest benefit. For most conditions we will recommend a multi-treatment plan, with the veterinary surgeon performing the first and last treatments of the course, and are trained veterinary nurse performing the other treatments. How long before results are apparent in my pet? Your pet may feel improvements in their condition, which is usually pain reduction, after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments, however this does not mean nothing is happening as laser treatment’s cumulative results are often felt after three or four sessions. Class 4 laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature, which means the length and frequency of treatment varies with your pet’s condition. The general guide below can give an indication of a treatment plan, but the veterinary surgeon will recommend one specific to your pet’s condition.
- Building of muscle mass
- Toning the main muscle groups
- Improving general fitness
The warm water increases circulation of blood to muscles which leads to muscle relaxation and a reduction in pain and stiffness in your dog. Additionally hydrostatic pressure offer some anti-inflammatory benefits.
What professionals work at the ARK clinic?
What are the times and prices?
All of which (apart from Hydrotherapy) is carried out within our three practices.
The ARK enables us to extend the level of care given to our pets beyond that provided by most veterinary practices by:
Having a holistic approach to treatment of arthritis, pain management, rehabilitation and sports injuries
Enabling us in some cases to reduce the level of medication prescribed
Facilitate pet owners to have a better understanding of their pets needs and be able to participate in the practical management of pets quality of life
For more information please contact your closest clinic.
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