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15Physiotherapy 8 Dental Equipment & Rehabilitation & Instrumentation www.vetinst.com Dressing & Support Veterinary Physiotherapy Medipaws David Prydie BVMS, CertSAO, CCRT, MRCVS Physio-vet Referrals, Crewe. Waterproof/ breathable, facilitates compliance, reduces rewraps, saves resources. Available in 8 colour-coded sizes In recent years there has been a marked increase of interest from both the veterinary profession and the public in the application of physiotherapy in animals. However, historically, the profession has been slow to embrace this exciting discipline and this has led to many lay people offering rehabilitation services. It is important that control of physiotherapy and the rehabilitation of animals remains with the veterinary profession. This will ensure appropriate standards are met and that CPD is mandatory. The profession will then be in a position to advise the public accordingly. Proper training in physiotherapy is essential. There are many courses springing up but not all meet the standards recognised by the special interest group BVRSMA (British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association. www.bvrsma.org.uk). A professional waterproof but breathable cover for dressings and casts. Available in 8 colour-coded sizes, they have a durable no-skid bottom, and elasticised straps with Velcro closures as well as an upper cord lock. Physiotherapy has many applications in veterinary practice and can help increase practice turnover and profit. It also offers the chance of bonding with clients and provides a service not available over the internet. Traditionally, vets have considered this a nurses’ job and many treatment sessions can be carried out by suitably trained and supervised nurses. However, the diagnosis and treatment plan must be drawn up by a suitably trained vet or ACPAT Cat A physiotherapist (Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Animal Therapy). This treatment plan will be bespoke for each patient and will change as the patient progresses through the recovery schedule. Another preconception is that physiotherapy equals hydrotherapy. Whilst hydrotherapy is a useful part of physiotherapy there is much more that can be done. Other pieces of equipment (modalities) include therapeutic laser, therapeutic ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic therapy (PEMT), electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), hot and cold therapy (Canine Icer) and the underwater treadmill (UWTM). For example, laser, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic therapy help as part of a multimodal approach to the management of OA. Core stability, proprioceptive retraining and strengthening are essential parts of any recovery program (wobble boards, physio balls/peanuts, UWTM, EMS). Other opportunities for physiotherapy include post operatively where it will significantly speed wound healing and return to function (laser, ultrasound, Canine Icer;) as part of a treatment plan for elbow and hip dysplasia (laser, UWTM) spinal and neurological cases(PEMT, EMS) muscle atrophy (EMS, UWTM) as part of a weight loss program (UWTM) general fitness (UWTM) and pain control (laser, EMS, PEMT). Most of the equipment in physiotherapy is straight forward to use. However, its application can only be learnt by attending suitable courses such as the CRI course. (www.caninerehabinstitute.com) MEDIPAWS 200015 200020 200031 200025 200030 200035 200037 200040 200055 200050 Medipaw Boot Extra Small Wide Orange Medipaw Boot Extra Small Yellow Medipaw Boot Extra Small #2 Pink Medipaw Boot Small Blue Medipaw Boot Medium Red Medipaw Boot Large Green Medipaw Boot Large Wide Grey Medipaw Boot Extra Large Purple Medipaw Boot (Set of 5 – XS, S, M, L, XL) Medipaw Boot Set of 8 £12.36 £12.36 £13.39 £13.39 £14.42 £15.45 £17.51 £17.51 £69.53 £108.15 Original boot available on request - please contact Vi for information. 226