At Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, we are dedicated to providing a fully customized treatment plan based on the current needs of your pet. Following an initial rehabilitation consultation with our team, we will recommend an individualized plan that may include any of the following therapeutic treatment techniques and modalities:

 

Diagnostics

 

 

Digital Radiography
 

Here at VRSM, we are able to accurately and quickly diagnose a number of orthopedic conditions utilizing digital radiography. Every radiograph we take is then read by a board certified radiologist for a precise diagnosis. The radiographs can be quickly shared with your primary care veterinarian and surgeon to keep them up to date on your pet's condition.

 

 

 

PennHIP Testing
 

The PennHIP technique is a radiographic technique that assesses the quality of the canine hip and measures the joint laxity. This method is more accurate than the current standard in its ability to diagnose early canine hip dysplasia and predict the onset of osteoarthritis.

 

 

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
 

Dr. Turner has trained under Dr. Debra Canapp of VOSM in Maryland in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound so we can diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries more precisely and efficiently than with a physical examination alone. This modality allows us to diagnose sprains, strains, and chronic changes so we can help to get your pet on the path to recovery.

Common diagnosis made with musculoskeletal ultrasound:

  • Medial shoulder syndrome

  • Biceps and Supraspinatus tendinopathy (shoulder)

  • Illiopsoas strain (groin)

  • Patellar tendonitis (knee)

  • Achilles tendon

  • Joint effusion

  • Thickening of the joint capsule

  • Cartilage defects

  • Bone defects

  • Tendon and ligament instabilities

  • Complete or partial muscle or tendon tears

 

Modalities

 

 

CryotherapyThermotherapy
 

Cryotherapy and Thermotherapy is the use of ice or heat to decrease pain in joints, muscles and other soft tissues.

  • Cryotherapy is the use of ice to decrease blood flow to the area with the goal of reducing pain caused by inflammation.
     

  • Thermotherapy is the use of heat to relax muscles, ligaments and tendons, making them more flexible and elastic. This can allow for increased range of motion and decreased pain in joints.

 

 

 

Electrical Stimulation
 

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

  • A treatment that utilizes sensory level stimulation to decrease pain, this is called electroanalgesia. TENS produces a tingling or buzzing sensation which decreases the brain's awareness of pain. It can be used to decrease pain after surgery, for arthritis, or muscle soreness.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

  • A treatment that stimulates nerves and muscles to prevent loss and strengthen specific muscles. This can be used for recovery from orthopedic or neurological surgeries, other neuromuscular injuries or paralysis.

 

 

 

Pulsed Electromagnetic
Field Therapy (PEMF)

 

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is the use of specific electromagnetic frequencies to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and accelerate healing. PEMF has the unique ability to evenly penetrate through soft tissue and bone to reach the targeted treatment area. At VRSM, we use the Assisi Loop and the Respond Bed.

 

 

 

Therapeutic Laser
 

Therapeutic laser, also known as photobiomodulation, cold laser, low level laser, or class IV laser has a broad range of applications. Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to decrease pain and inflammation as well as to promote tissue healing. Laser therapy can decrease pain and inflammation or speed up recovery time for a number of conditions including:

  • Soft tissue injuries like tendonitis, sprain, strain, partial tears, muscle soreness or fatigue, and trigger points
     

  • Degenerative joint disease or arthritis
     

  • After orthopedic surgery such as knee surgery (TPLO, TTA, Tight Rope, Lateral Suture) or hip surgery (FHO)
     

  • Neurologic conditions like intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), after back surgery (hemilaminectomy or ventral slot) or other nerve damage
     

  • After a sports related injury

 

 

 

Therapeutic Ultrasound
 

Therapeutic ultrasound is the use of sound waves to create tissue heating or vibration for therapeutic effects. Uses for therapeutic ultrasound are:

  • To increase elasticity of tissues after a joint/muscle contracture (Ex: Fibrotic gracilis myopathy)
     

  • To decrease pain and relax muscles or trigger points
     

  • To increase blood flow and decrease pain for tendonitis/bursitis (Ex: Biceps or supraspinatus tendon strain)

 

 

 

Orthotics & Assistive Devices
 

Harnesses and slings can be used to help support your pet after an injury, surgery or as they age.

A wheelchair can help pets that are unable to walk without support to regain some independence. Choosing the right wheelchair or cart for your pet can be overwhelming and most require precise measurements. Here at VRSM, we can help select, measure and order a cart and once it arrives, we will make sure that it is a perfect fit for your pet. Indications for a cart or wheelchair are:

  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

  • IVDD, slipped disc, or other neurological conditions

  • Paralysis

  • Severe Hip Dysplasia

  • Amputations

These devices are used to support an injured limb while it heals, to correct a deformity or to encourage correct limb use. Custom braces require a visit with a therapist or vet for measurements or casting and again to ensure the proper fit once the brace arrives. We can help you determine if your pet will benefit from a custom brace or prosthetic.

 

Physical 

Rehabilitation

 

Hydrotherapy / Underwater Treadmill

The underwater treadmill utilizes the warmth, buoyancy, and resistance of the water to create a safe and comfortable environment for physical rehabilitation after surgery or injury and sports conditioning.

Benefits of hydrotherapy include:

  • A low impact exercise for pets of all sizes and ages

  • The water can take about 65% of body weight off joints or injured limb making it a great option for pets with arthritis, after orthopedic surgery, after a sports related injury or for weight loss

  • The hydrostatic pressure of the water can help decrease swelling, inflammation, and pain which can help speed up healing time

  • The water can increase propioceptive input, or body awareness, making it a great option for pets with a neurologic condition or spinal injury and geriatric pets

  • The warmth of the water can help relax muscles to increase range of motion

  • The added resistance of the water can be a great cross training tool for canine athletes competing in agility, flyball, or other canine sports

 

 

 

Land Treadmill
 

The land treadmill can be utilized in gait retraining following orthopedic or neurological injury or surgery. Treadmills can also be useful for sports conditioning, weight loss or management, to encourage the use of a limb after surgery, and to warm up tissues before therapeutic exercise or manual therapy.

 

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is the use of several specific "hands on" techniques to help restore normal function to musclesand joints. These techniques include:

  • Massage

    • Relaxing, pain relieving, or stimulating​

    • Increase blood flow/circulation

    • Increase elasticity of muscles

    • Decrease scar adhesion

    • Pre or post workout

  • Passive range of motion

    • Maintain or restore range of motion of joints​

    • Nerve stimulation for proprioception or to decrease pain

    • Bathes joints in fresh joint fluid

  • Stretching

    • Maintain or restore muscle flexibility​

    • Decrease pain from muscle tightness or soreness

 

 

 

Sports Conditioning
 

Muscle weakness or tightness can increase your pet's risk of injury during competition or training. We can design a home exercise, warm up/cool down, and manual therapy plan for your pet, tailored to their sport-specific needs. A customized in-clinic sports conditioning plan can be created including targeting strengthening exercises, underwater treadmill, manual therapy, laser and/or acupuncture.

 

Therapeutic Exercises

Therapeutic exercises can be used for a wide variety of injuries or disorders. We tailor all exercise plans for the specific needs of each patient. Some uses for therapeutic exercise include:

  • Gait training uses intentionally placed obstacles to train the correct gait pattern for walking and trotting

  • Muscle strengthening and building after surgery, injury, or as your pet ages

  • Neurological re-education after a spinal or nerve related injury or surgery

  • Pain management with the use of active stretches and active range of motion exercises

  • Sports conditioning

 

Integrative Care

 

 

 

Acupuncture
 

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that promotes the body's natural healing process through the placement of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body to produce a physiologic response. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of:

  • Joint pain and arthritis

  • Nerve pain or intervertebral disc disease (bulging/herniated disc)

  • Weakness/nerve stimulation

  • Accelerate healing

  • Enhance immune system function

  • Preventative health

 

 

 

Chinese & Western
Herbal Medicine

 

We utilize herbal medicine to tailor treatment plans for our patients, often times incorporating both western and eastern herbs. We have an apothecary that enables us to customize herbal tinctures to help prevent or treat various illnesses.

 

Regenerative Medicine

 

 

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
& Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC)

 

Regenerative medicine is on the cutting edge of veterinary practice and involves using the body's own cells to heal and regenerate damaged tissues. We are able to perform procedures with both Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC). These stem cell therapies help reduce pain or speed up the healing process after an injury. All elements of the procedure from collecting the cells, processing them, and injecting them into the injured tissue are done in one visit. This is a safe and effective treatment for treating arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and certain spinal conditions.

Monday through Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm

We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.

Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine

1973 New Highway 96 West

Franklin, TN 37064

615-595-7170

info@vrsmtn.com

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