William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Physical Rehabilitation

Physical Rehabilitation - Patient Stories / Case Studies

The Physical Rehabilitation Service participated in the treatment of a nine-year-old dog with a damaged spinal cord. Surgeons removed material that was compressing the spinal cord and realigned the dog's vertebrae. The animal remained in the Intensive Care Unit on a ventilator for more than a month until she was able to breathe on her own. Physical therapy during the dog's hospital stay included passive and active range-of-motion exercises, electrical stimulation of the muscles, manual therapy and functional weight-bearing positioning. At discharge, the dog could walk. One year later, after therapy continued at home, the dog-though still affected by her injury-was able to run.

The clinical report, "Treatment of traumatic cervical myelopathy with surgery, prolonged positive-pressure ventilation, and physical therapy in a dog," was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol 230, No. 3, February 1, 2007.