Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Our frequently asked questions
At VSMR, we believe in educating our clients. That’s why we have taken the time to gather together the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you do not see the answer to your question below, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
What is Veterinary Rehabilitation?
Veterinary Rehabilitation is the diagnosis and management of patients with painful conditions that limit function, particularly those with injury or illness related to the neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. The goal of rehabilitation is to achieve the highest level of mobility, independence, and quality of life possible for the patient.
How long after injury/ surgery should my pet be evaluated?
We can perform an evaluation immediately following an injury or after surgery.
Do I need a referral?
A referral from your primary veterinarian or surgeon is not required but is encouraged. We will be in contact with them throughout the duration of your pet’s program so they remain up to date on their progress.
What happens at an initial evaluation?
An initial evaluation is approximately 90 minutes long. Each evaluation may start with one of our Rehabilitation Technicians obtaining objective measurements on your pet via various advanced diagnostics (i.e., weight, stance & gait analysis, thermal imaging). After Dr. Ihrke reviews the measurements, she will meet with you and perform a full musculoskeletal and neurological exam. The visit will conclude with a discussion of the exam findings and a prescribed treatment plan.
Do you only treat dogs?
No! We treat both feline and canine patients. Cats generally respond well to a variety of rehabilitation modalities, including acupuncture and manual therapy.
I think my dog needs a cart or brace. Can I come in for a fitting?
Due to the specific nature of carts and orthotics, we do require an evaluation with Dr. Ihrke prior to starting the process. For more information, please contact our office.