Veterinary Rehab & Laser Therapy
Veterinary rehabilitation is an option for treating a wide variety of conditions and needs. Lucerne Veterinary Hospital offers rehabilitation therapy for pets; Dr. Stephanie Monk is the only certified rehabilitation veterinarian in the region.
Pets Benefit from Rehabilitation
As a rehab veterinarian, Dr. Monk has advanced training and experience in the diagnosis and management of conditions or injuries causing pain and loss of function. She offers evaluation, therapy, treatment planning, and long-term monitoring for rehab patients. Patients most likely to benefit from rehab services include:
- those recovering from orthopedic or spinal surgery or traumatic injuries
- overweight pets requiring conditioning
- senior pets with arthritis or other degenerative diseases
- pets with congenital problems who have developed chronic pain conditions
Rehab services for these patients can reduce the risk of injury and disease, minimize pain, improve quality of life, and enhance longevity. Canine athletes enrolled in rehabilitation programs include agility, hunting, working, police, and military dogs.
Rehabilitation includes conditioning exercises to increase strength and flexibility, enhance muscle development, and improve range of motion in injured pets.
Laser Therapy for Pet Pain
Laser therapy treatment actually stimulates the body to heal from within. Painless laser light is absorbed by injured cells, stimulating them to a higher rate of metabolism. This stimulation increases circulation, causing an anti-inflammatory reaction that brings accelerated healing and relief from pain.
Laser therapy is used to treat a variety of injuries, musculoskeletal conditions, dermatological problems, wounds, and pet pain. Whether recovering from an injury, healing wounds, or addressing the aging process, pets respond positively to this alternative therapy.
Learn more about our Class IV therapeutic laser.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is used to address painful arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases. This treatment can reduce inflammation and damage to the joint.
The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own body fat, eliminating the risk of rejection. The cells are sent to a specialized laboratory to be isolated and concentrated, so they can be safely injected back into the patient. We inject the stem cells into the joint to stimulate regeneration, improving joint health and decreasing pain.
Contact our hospital to schedule a consultation regarding rehabilitation therapy for your pet.