Pain Management: PT Pain Management in Sports Medicine

13 May 2012
Canine athletes can suffer from a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, which may impede their ability to compete in their sport until the injury is fully resolved. However, a good number of athletes may suffer from painful chronic musculoskeletal conditions that are not injuries per se, but rather conditions of overuse or aging. One such condition is osteoarthritis, which can be managed with physical therapy applications in order to improve the quality of life of the animal athlete and allow for the continuance of engaging in sporting activities.
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Pain Management: HANDOUT PT Pain Management in Sports Medicine

13 May 2012
Handout that goes with the PT Pain Management Video. Print it out and follow along!
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Post-Operative Rehab (NOT cruciates): Postoperative hip management

13 May 2012
Whether the surgical technique is a femoral head and neck excision, triple pelvic osteotomy, fracture repair, total hip replacement, or another, the therapy goals for any post-operative procedure will be to reduce pain, improve mobility, facilitate weight bearing and early return to function, regain muscle mass, improve joint stability, maintain joint flexibility, retrain proprioception, balance, coordination, and postural stability, and rebuild cardiovascular endurance. These goals can be categorized into stages of healing.
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Post-Operative Rehab (NOT cruciates): Post-operative pancarpal arthrodesis

13 May 2012
Pancarpal arthrodesis is defined as surgically induced osseous union of the carpus. Factors leading to the necessitation of a pancarpal arthrodesis are generally a severe palmar carpal sprain secondary to a hyperextension injury to that joint or a disease process. As compared to other articular surgical interventions where the rehabilitation targets the affected joint and its most proximal soft tissue structures, physiotherapy for a post operative pancarpal arthrodesis primarily targets the adjacent joints and their corresponding soft tissue structures as well as bone demineralization / osteoporosis. Additionally, focus on overall function is of great importance.
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Post-Operative Rehab (NOT cruciates): Rehab unilateral FHO

13 May 2012
A coxofemoral excision arthroplasty involves the surgical removal of the femoral head and neck. It is a salvage procedure with the goal to eliminate bone to bone contact at the hip and results in the formation of a functional pseudarthrosis (a scar tissue joint). Physical therapy should be started the day after surgery, and incorporate range of motion (ROM) into flexion, extension and abduction. Aggressive analgesic therapy may assist in early ambulation and rapid return to normal function. As well, use of therapeutic modalities can aid in pain relief and soft tissue healing and hence improved functioning.
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Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration Abstract

13 May 2012
Presented at the Third International Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, Research Triangle, North Carolina, 2004.
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Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration Paper

13 May 2012
Sensory integration is the ability to take in, sort out and connect information from the world around us. It takes place automatically as info is taken in through the senses (nerves, spinal cord and brain). It is refined and enhanced through out life by sensory experiences. It allows us to adapt to our environment and the events that come into our life.
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Teres Major: Teres Major Paper

13 May 2012
The canine shoulder apparatus is unique as compared to other canine joints and also when compared to the human shoulder. When compared to the hind limb it is interesting to note that the front limb has no boney attachment to the axial skeleton in that there is no clavicle in the canine. This factor alone means that muscular strength and co-ordination is of utmost importance to full functioning of the front limb. This is why identification and treatment of front limb muscle injuries is critically important for athletic or just high energy dogs who are most prone to injuring shoulder muscles. The teres major muscle is one that is commonly strained, often unidentified, and hence not as effectively treated as it could be in the active canine patient.
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Teres Major: Teres Major Abstract

13 May 2012
Presented at the Third International Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, Research Triangle, North Carolina, 2004.
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Working with Dogs: Canine Behaviour & Handling

13 May 2012
Dogs are popular pets in western societies and have shared their lives with humans for more than 12 000 years and pet ownership has contributed to the quality of life of the human. Dog bites however have been a recognized problem with serious health implications, both physical and emotional and immeasurable hidden costs to communities. As rehab professionals working with dogs, it is important to understand the problem of fear biting and aggression in order to work with animals and maintain personal safety.
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Working with Dogs: Occupational Health Considerations

13 May 2012
Just like the title states - these are considerations for those from outside the veterinary field to consider when working with animals. This article involves reviewing information on allergies, and specific zoonotic diseases associated with working with animal and will provide general information on personal hygiene, the use of sharps, and physical injuries.
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Dural Mobilizations: Dural Mobility Assessment

11 May 2012
Neural assessment & treatment for dural tension restrictions. Handout from slides... pictures included!
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Dural Mobilizations: Dural Mobilization

11 May 2012
The Central Nervous System, Peripheral Nervous System and Autonomic Nervous System are adjoined, continuous and constantly under some degree of tension.The connective tissue attachment and continuity of the neural structures, as well as the inherent resting tension means that movement of one body part will have an effect on the nervous system elsewhere in the body and can also restrict movement when too tight. These tissues however have the ability to adapt and a normal nervous system will allow full flexibility.
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Business of Canine Rehab: Getting Started Business Perspective & Marketing

11 May 2012
How to get started, business aspects to think about, and marketing.
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Business of Canine Rehab: The Business of Animal Rehab

11 May 2012
Edge-Hughes L. The Business of Animal Rehab. The Animal Rehab Division Newsletter. Summer 2010: pp 7 – 10.
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Outcome Measures & Forms: Canine Brief Pain Inventory

11 May 2012
Printable
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Video Training 02 - The BUSINESS of professional canine rehabilitation

09 May 2012
Now is the time to look at your canine rehab business. Have you started yet? Do you need some help there? Do you have a marketing plan? How savvy are you with your management knowledge (and this topic is extremely vast in the sorts of things you need to manage!)? Are you paying attention to client satisfaction? How can you improve your customer service? What are you doing to stay motivated and committed? Ask yourself these questions now! (Scroll upwards after pressing ’play’ to actually watch the video!)
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Video Training 01 - The PRACTICE of professional canine rehabilitation

09 May 2012
Are you doing all that you can (most of what you can, or even a little of what you can) to improve upon your canine rehab knowledge and practice? Are you staying sharp? Are you paying attention to the right things within your practice and business? What should you be focusing on in order to be a better practitioner and in order to grow your canine rehabilitation / physiotherapy business? Ask yourself these questions now! (Scroll upwards after pressing ’play’ to actually watch the video!)
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Video Training 01 - The PRACTICE of professional canine rehabilitation

09 May 2012
(Password: FreeStuff) Are you doing all that you can (most of what you can, or even a little of what you can) to improve upon your canine rehab knowledge and practice? Are you staying sharp? Are you paying attention to the right things within your practice and business? What should you be focusing on in order to be a better practitioner and in order to grow your canine rehabilitation / physiotherapy business? Ask yourself these questions now!
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Video Training 02 - The BUSINESS of professional canine rehabilitation

09 May 2012
(Password: FreeStuff) Now is the time to look at your canine rehab business. Have you started yet? Do you need some help there? Do you have a marketing plan? How savvy are you with your management knowledge (and this topic is extremely vast in the sorts of things you need to manage!)? Are you paying attention to client satisfaction? How can you improve your customer service? What are you doing to stay motivated and committed? Ask yourself these questions now!
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Training Video Document: The BUSINESS of professional canine rehabilitation

09 May 2012
Now is the time to look at your canine rehab business. Have you started yet? Do you need some help there? Do you have a marketing plan? How savvy are you with your management knowledge (and this topic is extremely vast in the sorts of things you need to manage!)? Are you paying attention to client satisfaction? How can you improve your customer service? What are you doing to stay motivated and committed? Ask yourself these questions now!
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Training Video Document: The PRACTICE of professional canine rehabilitation

09 May 2012
Are you doing all that you can (most of what you can, or even a little of what you can) to improve upon your canine rehab knowledge and practice? Are you staying sharp? Are you paying attention to the right things within your practice and business? What should you be focusing on in order to be a better practitioner and in order to grow your canine rehabilitation / physiotherapy business? Ask yourself these questions now!
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Conservative Management of CCL Deficiency

09 May 2012
All practitioners involved in small animal health care are well aware of the fact that some animals are not surgical candidates, either due to age, poor health, an inadequate state of fitness, and/or because of financial constraints, or owners’ beliefs. This subset of patients deserves a chance at optimal function as much as those that are prime surgical candidates with owners willing and able to bear the financial burden of surgery.
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Conservative Mgmt of Canine CCL-Deficiency

26 Apr 2012
All practitioners involved in small animal health care are well aware of the fact that some animals are not surgical candidates, either due to age, poor health, an inadequate state of fitness, and/or because of financial constraints, or owners’ beliefs. This subset of patients deserves a chance at optimal function as much as those that are prime surgical candidates with owners willing and able to bear the financial burden of surgery. (Scroll upwards after pressing ’play’ to actually watch the video!)
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Pain Management: PT Pain Management in Sports Medicine

16 Apr 2012
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Pain Management: PT Pain Management in Sports Medicine

16 Apr 2012
Video presentation regarding PT Pain Management in Sports Medicine. You can click the icon in the bottom of the screen to make the video full screen.Canine athletes can suffer from a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, which may impede their ability to compete in their sport until the injury is fully resolved. However, a good number of athletes may suffer from painful chronic musculoskeletal conditions that are not injuries per se, but rather conditions of overuse or aging. One such condition is osteoarthritis, which can be managed with physical therapy applications in order to improve the quality of life of the animal athlete and allow for the continuance of engaging in sporting activities. (Scroll upwards after pressing ’play’ to actually watch the video!)
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PT Assessment 101

09 Apr 2012
Audio file of the same PT Assessment Presentation
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Differential Diagnoses: Cheat-Sheet - The Cervico-Thoracic-Shoulder Region

09 Apr 2012
Printable Cheat-Sheet to help with your diagnostic thought processing for the Cervico-Thoracic-Shoulder Region.
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Differential Diagnoses: Cheat Sheet - The Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Region

09 Apr 2012
Printable Cheat-Sheet to help with your diagnostic thought processing for the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Region.
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PT Assessment 101: PT Assessment & Pathofunctional Diagnosis

09 Apr 2012
Often the most important part of successful rehab is the assessment and diagnosis made by the rehab therapist. Physical therapists already possess unique assessment skills, and vets trained in animal rehab should have received additional training in physical therapy assessment skills in order to augment their veterinary diagnostics and create an appropriate rehab plan. The assessment techniques, enhanced deductive reasoning, and overall examination of function are what physical therapy and physical therapists are giving to the veterinary field.
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PT Assessment 101: Physical Therapy Assessment in Vet Medicine

09 Apr 2012
Often the most important part of successful rehab is the assessment and diagnosis made by the rehab therapist. The assessment techniques, novel deductive reasoning skills, and examination of overall function are what physical therapy and physical therapists are bringing to the veterinary field. • Veterinary medicine tends to rely on what can be called a ‘patho-anatomical’ diagnosis, whereas physical therapy and human medicine to a certain extent look at what can be termed a ‘patho-functional’ assessment. Differences will be elucidated.• Weak muscles, short muscles, tight muscles, overactive muscles, joint restrictions (articular movement dysfunctions), peripheral nerve impairments, and/or pain can impact the FUNCTION of a patient.• Joint-play, end-feels, myotomes, dermatomes, resisted tests, and special tests... and how they impact your physical examination and ultimate diagnosis. (Scroll upwards after pressing ’play’ to actually watch the video!)
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PT Assessment 101: Physical Therapy Assessment in Vet Medicine

09 Apr 2012
Audio file of the same PT Assessment Presentation
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PT Assessment 101: Ortho Assessment Tick Sheet

09 Apr 2012
This assessment ’tick-sheet’ will help you to remember ALL of the things you should be doing when performing a musculoskeletal assessment.
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Outcome Measures & Forms: Neuro Exam Part 1

06 Apr 2012
Print off part 1 of the Neuro exam to guide you through your testing and thought processing for a neuro evaluation.
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Outcome Measures & Forms: NEURO Exam Part 2

06 Apr 2012
Print off part 2 of the Neuro exam to remind yourself about cranial nerves and your FUNCTIONAL assessment of the animal.
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Protocol: Post-Operative Cruciate

06 Apr 2012
Printable onto your own letterhead
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Protocol: Partial Cruciate Injury

06 Apr 2012
Printable onto your own letterhead
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Protocol: Femoral Head and Neck Excision

06 Apr 2012
Printable onto your own letterhead
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Ortho Assessment Tick Sheet

03 Apr 2012
This assessment ’tick-sheet’ will help you to remember ALL of the things you should be doing when performing a musculoskeletal assessment.
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PT Assessment & Pathofunctional Diagnosis

03 Apr 2012
Often the most important part of successful rehab is the assessment and diagnosis made by the rehab therapist. Physical therapists already possess unique assessment skills, and vets trained in animal rehab should have received additional training in physical therapy assessment skills in order to augment their veterinary diagnostics and create an appropriate rehab plan. The assessment techniques, enhanced deductive reasoning, and overall examination of function are what physical therapy and physical therapists are giving to the veterinary field.
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Physical Therapy Assessment in Vet Medicine XX

03 Apr 2012
Often the most important part of successful rehab is the assessment and diagnosis made by the rehab therapist. The assessment techniques, novel deductive reasoning skills, and examination of overall function are what physical therapy and physical therapists are bringing to the veterinary field. • Veterinary medicine tends to rely on what can be called a ‘patho-anatomical’ diagnosis, whereas physical therapy and human medicine to a certain extent look at what can be termed a ‘patho-functional’ assessment. Differences will be elucidated.• Weak muscles, short muscles, tight muscles, overactive muscles, joint restrictions (articular movement dysfunctions), peripheral nerve impairments, and/or pain can impact the FUNCTION of a patient.• Joint-play, end-feels, myotomes, dermatomes, resisted tests, and special tests... and how they impact your physical examination and ultimate diagnosis. (Scroll upwards after pressing ’play’ to actually watch the video!)
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Canine Sacroiliac: Hip and SI Disease

27 Mar 2012
L Edge-Hughes. Canine Hip and Sacroiliac Disease: Selected Disorders and their Management with Physical Therapy. Clin Tech Sm Anim Pract 22:183-194, 2007.
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Miscellaneous: Canine Cognitive Dysfunction & Dementia

27 Mar 2012
Canine dementia can go by the synonyms of senility, senile dementia, senile cerebral dysfunction, cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction. Research is coming closer to understanding the reasons for this disease occurrence. Use of nutrition and supplementation has been shown to be effective in both the prevention and treatment of this disease of aging. As well, physical therapy techniques that are currently applied to the human Alzheimer’s disease patient may have a role to play in the treatment or prevention of this very similar disease process in the canine.
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Outcome Measures & Forms: Modified Visual Analog Pain Scale Guidelines

27 Mar 2012
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Outcome Measures & Forms: Quality of Life

27 Mar 2012
Printable!
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Evidence Based Physiotherapy

26 Mar 2012
Presented at the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Calgary, Alberta, July 2010
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Physical Therapy, Physiotherapists and Animal Rehabilitation

26 Mar 2012
The field of animal health care is changing rapidly. This phenomenon is partly due to the knowledge transfer from the human health care field to the veterinary field, but also to the fact that animal owners are expecting and demanding more alternative health care options and a wider range of services for their pets.
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Rehabilitation Pyramid

26 Mar 2012
Rehabilitation pyramid (from Hertel, Deneger: A rehabilitation paradigm for restoring neuromuscular control following injury. Athl Ther Today, 3: 12 – 16; 1998)
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Survey of the Practice of Animal Physiotherapy Internationally

26 Mar 2012
Presented as an oral abstract at the 2008 Congress of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Ottawa, Ontario
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What You Should Know Before You Buy A Therapeutic Laser

26 Mar 2012
Hold onto your sunglasses! You’ve seen them in the exhibit hall at the conferences, you’ve heard about them in the lectures, you’re seeing them advertised in magazines, and maybe your colleagues are extolling their virtues.
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WHY NOT PHYSIO?

26 Mar 2012
The animal industry has always been closely akin to the human field of medicine in many aspects. Surgical and diagnostic procedures, techniques, and equipment developed for humans are swift to appear in veterinary practice shortly there after.
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The Neurological Assessment

16 Feb 2012
Learn or review how to conduct a basic neurologic assessment on a dog. Reflexes, postural reactions, basic neuro-anatomy, and critical thinking in regards to neurologic cases are discussed. (Scroll upwards after pressing ’play’ to actually watch the video!)
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