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Physical Rehabilitation

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For certain conditions such as fibrocartilaginous embolism, degenerative myelopathy, and polyneuropathy, physical rehabilitation is the cornerstone of therapy. Physical rehabilitation may also be recommended after spinal surgery or, in certain cases, as an alternative to surgery.

Conditions that May Benefit from Physical Rehabilitation

  • Post-operative back surgery (laminectomy)
  • Post-operative neck surgery (ventral slot)
  • Non-surgical management of Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Feline myelopathies
  • Non-compressive nucleus pulposus extrusion
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Wound healing

Goals of physical rehabilitation include:

  • Improve time of recovery from surgery
  • Improve degree of recovery from spinal cord injury
  • Reduce pain, discomfort, and inflammation
  • Improve and maintain muscle strength
  • Improve and maintain joint mobility
  • Weight Loss
  • Improve quality of life
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