Postoperative Physical Rehabilitation

Chapter 95 Postoperative Physical Rehabilitation

The appropriate postoperative management of small animals undergoing orthopedic or neurologic surgery is critical for a successful outcome. Inadequate surgical and postoperative treatment may result in fracture disease. The appropriate use of physical rehabilitation techniques in combination with pharmaceutical agents is necessary to achieve an optimal outcome.


If normal motion is not established by 2 weeks, dogs may permanently lose some ROM. Prevention of muscle atrophy is also critical. Early use of the limb with functional weight bearing is the key to returning the patient to function as soon as possible.

Range of Motion and Stretching Exercises

Perform ROM and stretching exercises to help maintain or improve flexion and extension of joints; improve flexibility of muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and help enhance awareness of neuromuscular structure and function. ROM exercises are important in dogs undergoing any joint surgery, especially cranial cruciate ligament rupture stabilization, elbow fractures, and fracture of the distal femoral physis in skeletally immature dogs.

Aug 27, 2016 | Posted by in SMALL ANIMAL | Comments Off on Postoperative Physical Rehabilitation

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