This 20 minute online Vet Nurse CPD discusses Hydrotherapy. This form of rehabilitation is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for veterinary patients. These patients may be at different stages and have different rehabilitation needs, for example:
- Pre-operative patients – to improve strength and muscle mass before a femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty
- Post-operative patients – cranial cruciate ligament repair
- Non-surgical patients – hip or elbow dysplasia
This video will guide you through ways to develop hydrotherapy treatment techniques and plans for surgical and non-surgical patients. The lecture will show when and how to progress hydrotherapy plans, and how to utilise outcome measures to evaluate hydrotherapy treatment plans, and progress the patient back to the highest level of function.
Hydrotherapy may be used to:
- Maintain or increase joint range of motion by using the buoyancy effect of water.
- Improve muscle strength using water to provide resistance to the patient.
- For gait re-education by controlling the treadmill belt speed, altering the water level and controlling the work time: rest ratio.
- Reduce pain by reducing concussive forces passing through osteoarthritic joints, also the warmth of the water will reduce muscle tension and have a compressive effect on swollen tissues and joints.
- Improve stamina by pacing the rehabilitation programme to meet the patients’ needs, and to achieve short and long term goals.