Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy


  • Darryl Millis, MS, DVM Diplomate ACVS ACVSMR CCRP, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • David Levine, PhD, PT, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, Professor and Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy

Bridging the gap between human physical therapy and veterinary medicine, Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, 2nd Edition provides vets, veterinary students, and human physical therapists with traditional and alternative physical therapy methods to effectively evaluate and treat dogs with various debilitating conditions. Coverage includes treatment protocols for many types of cutaneous, neurologic, and musculoskeletal injuries to facilitate a faster and more complete recovery.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-0309-2

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to Physical Rehabilitation

  1. History of Canine Physical Rehabilitation
  2. Regulatory and Practice Issues for the Veterinary and Physical Therapy Professions
  3. Conceptual Overview of Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, and Canine Rehabilitation
  4. Section II: Basic Science of Veterinary Rehabilitation

  5. Canine Behavior
  6. Canine Anatomy
  7. Tissue Healing: Tendons, Ligaments, Bone, Muscles, and Cartilage
  8. Responses of Musculoskeletal Tissues to Disuse and Remobilization
  9. Exercise Physiology
  10. Exercise Physiology of the Canine Athlete - NEW!
  11. Section III: Patient Assessment and Management

  12. Orthopedic and Neurologic Examination
  13. Canine Locomotion Analysis
  14. The Physical Rehabilitation Evaluation - NEW!
  15. Assessing and Measuring Outcomes
  16. Rehabilitating the Painful Patient: Pain Management in Physical Rehabilitation - NEW!
  17. The Role of Chondroprotectants, Nutraceuticals, and Nutrition in Rehabilitation Nursing Care of the Rehabilitation Patient - NEW!
  18. Nursing Care of the Rehabilitation Patient - NEW!
  19. Devices for Ambulation Assistance in Companion Animals - NEW!
  20. Section IV: Therapeutic Modalities

  21. Superficial Thermal Modalities
  22. Therapeutic Ultrasound
  23. Electrical Stimulation - NEW!
  24. Therapeutic Lasers in Canine Rehabilitation - NEW!
  25. Applications of Extracorporeal Shock Wave in Small Animal Practice - NEW!
  26. Other Modalities in Veterinary Rehabilitation - NEW!
  27. Section V: Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy

  28. Biomechanics of Physical Rehabilitation and Kinematics of Exercise - NEW!
  29. Range-of-Motion and Stretching Exercises
  30. Joint Mobilization - NEW!
  31. Massage
  32. Exercises for Proprioception, Balance, and Joint Position Awareness
  33. Therapeutic Exercises: Early Limb Use Exercises
  34. Therapeutic Exercises: Joint Motion, Strengthening, Endurance and Speed Exercises
  35. Aquatic Therapy
  36. Section VI: Physical Therapy for Specific Diagnoses

  37. Common Orthopedic Conditions and Their Physical Rehabilitation
  38. Common Conditions and Physical Rehabilitation of the Athletic Patient - NEW!
  39. Neurologic Conditions and Physical Rehabilitation of the Neurologic Patient
  40. Physical Rehabilitation for Geriatric and Arthritic Patients
  41. Physical Therapy for Wound Care - NEW!
  42. Physical Rehabilitation for the Critically Injured Veterinary Patient
  43. Development of a Rehabilitation Facility for Small Animals and Business Considerations

Appendix 1: Protocol Development and Protocols

Appendix 2: Manufacturers of Supplies and Equipment - NEW!