Your pet's initial appointment will include a full review of your pet's medical history, radiographs (x-rays), current medications, supplements, and diet. Other areas of discussion will include your pet's home environment, their previous activity level, and your goals for your pet.
Your pet will receive a comprehensive physical assessment of the musculoskeletal system with focus on posture, gait, functional transitions, and strength. Joints will be assessed for both quantity and quality of movement. Flexibility and tone of muscles will be evaluated also. Depending on your pet's issues some special tests may be employed for further information.
Once the evaluation is complete then a treatment plan can be executed that will focus on relieving pain, improving mobility, and restoring function.
A successful pain management and rehabilitation program typically employs a combination of treatments. As your pet improves the treatment plan will be updated to aid in maintaining your pet's health lifelong.