Treatments are customized to each patient's particular needs, so treatment time, complexity, and cost will vary. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated with one laser. When appropriate, laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.
Orthopedic Supportive Devices
The underwater treadmill provides graduated weight-bearing exercise in an enclosed chamber. Water is filled to depths determined by the practitioner. More body weight is supported as the level of water increases.
An underwater treadmill is used to minimize post-operative swelling, increase muscles strength and encourages early use of an operated limb. The advantage of using the treadmill is that the water provides buoyancy, removing the need for the recovering area to support full body weight during each step. In addition, the water provides mild resistance to motion, which increases muscle strength and endurance over time.
Frequency varies depending on the dog’s condition. The general goal is 30 minutes of sustained swimming or walking. One time/week is usually effective, two times/week is more beneficial. Benefits include: decreased joint stress, strengthening, neurological retraining, cardiovascular health, and positive psychological effects.