Sassy

DSH

16 yrs old

RTA

My cat, Sassy (16) was hit by a car earlier this year and suffered a fractured pelvis. There were 3 fractures altogether and she underwent surgery to repair them and had a plate inserted. She stayed in hospital for 10 days at the Bishops Stortford Veterinary Hospital and received wonderful care and attention, eventually returning home to begin her convalescence.

 

She made a great recovery with one worrying exception--she kept her right hind leg held up against her body and hopped around on 3 legs all the time. She became quite speedy walking like this but showed no inclination to put the leg to the floor or take any weight on it.

 

Sassy was regularly checked by the vets involved in her case and it was found that it was the Sciatic nerve that was affected and taking a while to heal--probably not helped by her advancing years. She had moderate-severe muscle wastage in her leg. At this point the vet suggested physiotherapy may be of some use to her and he referred Sassy for a course of treatment.

 

Enter Vicki. Over the course of 6 sessions of physiotherapy Sassy has gradually learned to use her leg again and now walks normally on all 4 legs and feet. She has a slight twist in her walk which is a legacy of the damage done to her in the accident but otherwise she walks and runs as she always did. I can't thank Vicki enough for the magic she has worked on Sassy--it was fascinating to watch the exercises she performed and the caring way in which she interacted with Sassy. It was amazing to watch my little cat improve week by week and when she was 'signed off' it was fabulous to see her restored to her old self.

 

Although Sassy was not always impressed by the sessions she has reaped the benefits hugely and every day I get a thrill from seeing her walk around the house and sometimes running after her toys or having a 'mad moment' as she has always done.

 

Thank you Vicki from me and Sassy....

 

Cathy Mills

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Animal Physiotherapy

One definition is:

‘Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being’.

This is the definition given for physiotherapy within the human medical world, however it still holds true and accurate for the veterinary patient.

 

Following any sort of health issue, whether it is a medical condition, or intervention for an orthopaedic or neurological condition, many veterinary patients are significantly affected with regards to their function. Recumbency (this means lying down or resting) – whether or not it is because of an inability following severe medical illness, pain, or enforced by the surgeon following complex surgery – will certainly lead to muscle wasting and tightness in muscles and joints, if not other complications involving the cardiovascular, respiratory and psychological systems.

 

Animal physiotherapists are trained in both manual techniques, such as acupressure, myofascial release, trigger point release, massage, soft tissue work and joint mobilisation, as well as electrotherapies such as laser, ultrasound, electro stimulation and pulsed electromagnetic therapy.   These are combined with the aim to promote and speed up recovery to good independent function, maintain and prevent secondary preventable complications developing and essentially restore the veterinary patient to good functional status.   Post treatment and when appropriate, a full exercise rehabilitation programme can be written specifically for your animals condition to ensure the body can repair correctly and reduce the incidence of re-injury.