The Veterinary Physiotherapy service at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists offers a progressively dynamic, patient-centred service that is focussed towards the continued excellence and ongoing development of knowledge and skills in the veterinary physiotherapy field.
The physiotherapy service has an experienced team of veterinary physiotherapists, which is led by Laura Allmark, along with Jess Seeley & Charley Gunner who are assisted by Jo Clayton-Hart and Benjamin Munro. Our qualified Veterinary Physiotherapists are movement and exercise specialists, with an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and physiology. Their expertise enables them to assess and treat injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Physiotherapy helps to enable the muscles and joints to move correctly, and builds the correct muscles to keep it that way! This is achieved using a combination of our manual techniques, electrotherapies and movement and exercise therapies. Treatment aims to prevent problems occurring, promote good health and mobility, improve performance in the competitive or working dog and assist in the effective and speedy recovery after surgery or injury. Veterinary physiotherapy is all about helping your pet live life to the full and to be able to do all the activities you enjoy sharing together.
There are many conditions which can benefit from Veterinary Physiotherapy input:
Orthopaedics- Supporting and optimising the return of limb function following surgery for conditions such as cruciate disease and elbow dysplasia or following traumatic injury. Physiotherapy is sometimes used to conservatively manage orthopaedic conditions where surgery isn’t deemed necessary such as hip dysplasia.
Neurology- Neurological conditions managed surgically or conservatively can benefit from physiotherapy to assist the return to function for example following hemilaminectomy or fibrocartilaginous embolism.
Analgesia- The physiotherapy team works closely with our specialists who run the Pain Clinic to help manage acute and chronic pain in inpatients and outpatients. Multimodal treatment strategies are the best option for an optimal outcome.
Medicine- Physiotherapy can help to maintain function during acute medical illness such as assisting in the treatment and management of respiratory conditions.
Critical Care- Unfortunately some of our patients are hospitalised for prolonged periods of time which can lead to secondary complications that are often associated with recumbency. Physiotherapy can assist with minimising these issues.
The Physiotherapy Team provide care for a wide variety of inpatients and are often the face you’ll see when your pet is ready to go home. These patients will be discharged with a home care plan with specific, tailored advice on their care and a home exercise programme. Many of these cases return as outpatients which enables us to monitor their recovery and progress their rehabilitation.
The Physiotherapy service also welcomes direct referrals from primary care vets without the need to see one of our clinicians first. We regularly see cases referred for mild hip or elbow dysplasia, soft tissue injuries or in the management of osteoarthritis.
We are also able to offer outpatient appointments in conjunction with pain clinic/acupuncture sessions which is often invaluable in bringing about the best outcome for patients. Physiotherapy treatment is an adjunct to veterinary treatment, not a substitute. If you feel your pet would benefit from physiotherapy treatment please speak to your vet about a referral.
Referral Form for Physiotherapy