Conditions for Referral

Neurological

  • peripheral neuropathy
  • spinal cord injury
  • head trauma
  • paralysis/paresis
  • hemi/laminectomy
  • neck/back pain
  • gait abnormalities – changes in weight bearing, balance
  • intervertebral disc disease
  • equipment consult for mobility devices

 

Orthopedic

  • fractures, delayed healing, non-union
  • osteoarthritis
  • hip dysplasia
  • back pain
  • cranial cruciate ligament repair (CCL)
  • total hip replacement (THR)
  • triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO)
  • femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO)
  • tendon injuries
  • arthrodesis
  • amputations
  • splinting/orthotics
  • contractures, loss of motion
  • joint pain or inflammation
  • weight management

Lameness

  • changes in weight bearing
  • muscle atrophy
  • weakness
  • joint motion limitations
  • neuropathy
  • pain

Pain Management

  • back pain
  • post-surgical management
  • joint pain- edema, injury, surgery
  • muscular, hypertonicity or injury
  • wounds, trauma
  • some cases of cancer

Performance Issues – racing, service and working animals

  • Poor performance
  • Lameness
  • Exercise/Conditioning/training program consultation
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Edema, inflammation
  • Recovery from injury or surgery- Rehabilitation
  • Equipment consultation i.e. Saddle fit
  • Horse-Rider Team assessment
  • Consultation with other specialists i.e. Farrier, Dentist, Nutrition

Soft Tissue Injury

  • muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia – strain or sprain
  • muscle atrophy
  • joint and muscle contractures
  • wound care
  • inflammation, edema

Geriatric Issues

  • declining strength
  • change in mobility or function
  • osteoarthritis

Wounds

  • Hit by car
  • gunshot wounds
  • lick granulomas
  • surgical: slow healing incisions/dehiscence
  • degloving injury

Critical Care

  • multiple orthopedic and neurological  involvement
  • fractures, paralysis
  • respiratory complications i.e. pneumonia, atelectasis
  • wounds
  • pain management
  • prevention of pressure sores
  • edema
  • prevention of soft tissue and joint contractures
  • prevention of muscle atrophy
  • recovery from surgery- rehabilitation

Oncology

  • changes in strength and function
  • Home adaptations – ramps, raised bowls, mobility devices, bedding
  • Client education: Home Care – massage , range of motion, positioning, lifting,
  • pain management