Physical medicine is the treatment of an injury or an illness by a veterinarian in order to decrease pain and restore function by providing whole body care.
Dr. Lisa Schenkel, a certified rehabilitation veterinarian and veterinary acupuncturist, will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on a thorough examination of your pet’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and bones. Expressly tailored for your pet’s condition, the treatment plan may include any combination of medication, supplements, nutritional counseling, therapeutic and strengthening exercises, laser therapy, acupuncture and massage.
How do I begin?
Once it has been determined that your pet would benefit from physical medicine, we will set up an appointment for an initial evaluation. When you and your pet arrive for your first appointment, you will be asked a series of questions about your pet’s lifestyle and your expectations. This consultation will be followed by a thorough physical examination of your pet that may include certain measurements and functional tests. Dr. Schenkel will then use this information to design a program to specifically meet your pet’s needs.
Conditions that can benefit from physical medicine include:
- Postoperative orthopedic and back surgeries
- Non-surgical orthopedic conditions
- Neurologic conditions including intervertebral disk disease and degenerative myelopathy, traumatic spinal cord or brain injury
- Recovery from stroke-like conditions
- Geriatric muscle loss and pain associated with osteoarthritis
What costs are involved?
At Animal Medical of New City, we believe in the strength of the human-animal bond and the quality of life of your pet. Physical medicine is an affordable effective treatment plan that allows you to actively participate in the process of improving your pet’s quality of life. We are excited to offer this valuable service to you and your pet. Please ask us for more information regarding your pet’s initial consultation and the different physical medicine treatment packages that we provide for your convenience.
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