Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy / Edition 2

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Bridging the gap between human physical therapy and veterinary medicine, Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, 2nd Edition provides vets, veterinary students, and human physical therapists with traditional and alternative physical therapy methods to effectively evaluate and treat dogs with various debilitating conditions. Coverage includes treatment protocols for many types of cutaneous, neurologic, and musculoskeletal injuries to facilitate a faster and more complete recovery.

  • Invaluable protocols for conservative and postoperative treatment ensure the successful healing of dogs and their return to full mobility.
  • Printable medical record forms on the companion website, including client information worksheets, referral forms, orthopedic evaluation forms, and more, can be customized for your veterinary practice.
  • Six completely updated chapters on exercising dogs define the basic principles of aquatic and land-based exercise and how they may be applied to dogs, as well as how physical therapy professionals can adapt common "human" exercises to dogs.
  • Numerous chapters on therapeutic modalities, including therapeutic lasers, illustrate how physical therapy professionals can adapt common "human" modalities to dogs.
  • Physical examination chapters offer comprehensive information on orthopedics, neurology, and rehabilitation.
  • NEW! Companion website with 40 narrated video clips of modalities and exercises used by physical therapists demonstrates effective ways to treat various neurologic and musculoskeletal problems in dogs.
  • NEW! Fourteen new chapters describe the latest advances in the areas of joint mobilization, rehabilitation of the athletic patient, biomechanics of rehabilitation, therapeutic lasers, and physical therapy for wound care.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Benjamin Perry, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This welcome update to a 2004 book on canine rehabilitation thoroughly covers a multitude of diagnostic and therapeutic options.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a good understanding of physical therapy and interventions for canine patients. This is a subject that is not addressed in any significant detail in the majority of veterinary training programs.
Audience: The audience is broad, including clinical practitioners, residents, students, and physical therapists. The author is one of the originators of the field.
Features: This edition allows detailed study of the common presentations and therapeutic options available in canine rehabilitation. The subject is well addressed and the book is thorough. Illustrations and diagrams are well placed and extremely informative, clarifying key points in the text.
Assessment: This is the authoritative book on this topic. This edition is more than a simple update, it provides a welcome summary of the current knowledge in the field in a concise and easy to process manner.
From the Publisher

“Overall, this book is an extensive text for anyone interested in pursuing canine rehabilitation and physical therapy or for those intending to refer dogs to such practitioners. In association with a good anatomy text or extensive anatomical knowledge, it provides clear descriptions of where, when and how to apply the range of physical therapies that are currently in use.

The 2nd edition has increased in both size and weight, from under 1 kg and 526 pages to over 2 kg and 760 larger (nearly A4) pages. Hence it is no longer something for a student to carry around, but would be a useful addition to a reference shelf. This new edition reflects the large increase in published material in this area in the past decade. The 1st edition (2004) had 26 contributors, only 9 of whom have made it into the list of the 46 contributors to this edition. The 2nd edition is therefore mostly a different book rather than just an updated version of the 1st, even though the basic structure has been retained.

The anatomy section is much the same and mostly taken from the recent edition of Miller’s guide to the dissection of the dog with the coloured versions of the figures replacing the line drawings shown in the previous edition. Apart from that, and the introductory sections, the rest of the book has been considerably expanded and mostly rewritten to reflect recent advances and to include a lot more reference to journal articles. The description of the therapeutic modalities now includes not only a detailed description of exercises and manual therapies, but also access to a website where some of the exercises are demonstrated.

There are useful sequences of photographs demonstrating these modalities, which have been retained (now in colour) in the 2nd edition, with occasional variations, however, such as the change from ‘Effleurage’ (Figs 18-29 in the 1st edition) to ‘Compressions applied to tissues’ (Figs 27-30) with different images used in this edition. As physiotherapy is a manual and applied science, the large number of illustrations is a useful and essential adjunct to the text.

Access to the website does require a few minutes to register, but then is easy enough to repeat. The website videos are mostly clear and helpful, but the website appendices are tables of muscle and ligament anatomy and function (from the 1st edition) and perhaps should have been included in the book itself. However, PDF copies can be downloaded easily enough for future reference.”

Dr Helen Davies Associate Professor in Veterinary Anatomy, University of Melbourne

Published in Australian Veterinary Journal Volume 93, No 3, March 2015

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437703092
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/8/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 649,548
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to Physical Rehabilitation

  1. History of Canine Physical Rehabilitation
  2. Regulatory and Practice Issues for the Veterinary and Physical Therapy Professions
  3. Conceptual Overview of Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, and Canine Rehabilitation
  4. Section II: Basic Science of Veterinary Rehabilitation

  5. Canine Behavior
  6. Canine Anatomy
  7. Tissue Healing: Tendons, Ligaments, Bone, Muscles, and Cartilage
  8. Responses of Musculoskeletal Tissues to Disuse and Remobilization
  9. Exercise Physiology
  10. Exercise Physiology of the Canine Athlete - NEW!
  11. Section III: Patient Assessment and Management

  12. Orthopedic and Neurologic Examination
  13. Canine Locomotion Analysis
  14. The Physical Rehabilitation Evaluation - NEW!
  15. Assessing and Measuring Outcomes
  16. Rehabilitating the Painful Patient: Pain Management in Physical Rehabilitation - NEW!
  17. The Role of Chondroprotectants, Nutraceuticals, and Nutrition in Rehabilitation Nursing Care of the Rehabilitation Patient - NEW!
  18. Nursing Care of the Rehabilitation Patient - NEW!
  19. Devices for Ambulation Assistance in Companion Animals - NEW!
  20. Section IV: Therapeutic Modalities

  21. Superficial Thermal Modalities
  22. Therapeutic Ultrasound
  23. Electrical Stimulation - NEW!
  24. Therapeutic Lasers in Canine Rehabilitation - NEW!
  25. Applications of Extracorporeal Shock Wave in Small Animal Practice - NEW!
  26. Other Modalities in Veterinary Rehabilitation - NEW!
  27. Section V: Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy

  28. Biomechanics of Physical Rehabilitation and Kinematics of Exercise - NEW!
  29. Range-of-Motion and Stretching Exercises
  30. Joint Mobilization - NEW!
  31. Massage
  32. Exercises for Proprioception, Balance, and Joint Position Awareness
  33. Therapeutic Exercises: Early Limb Use Exercises
  34. Therapeutic Exercises: Joint Motion, Strengthening, Endurance and Speed Exercises
  35. Aquatic Therapy
  36. Section VI: Physical Therapy for Specific Diagnoses

  37. Common Orthopedic Conditions and Their Physical Rehabilitation
  38. Common Conditions and Physical Rehabilitation of the Athletic Patient - NEW!
  39. Neurologic Conditions and Physical Rehabilitation of the Neurologic Patient
  40. Physical Rehabilitation for Geriatric and Arthritic Patients
  41. Physical Therapy for Wound Care - NEW!
  42. Physical Rehabilitation for the Critically Injured Veterinary Patient
  43. Development of a Rehabilitation Facility for Small Animals and Business Considerations

Appendix 1: Protocol Development and Protocols

Appendix 2: Manufacturers of Supplies and Equipment - NEW!



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