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Dogs that benefit most from rehabilitative medicine
In this dvm360® interview, Dr Leilani Alvarez shares 2 categories of ailments this approach can effectively address
In a dvm360® interview, Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT, faculty for the Directions in Veterinary Medicine (DIVM) symposium in Miami, Florida, shares examples demonstrating why canines with functional impairments and chronic pain reap the most benefits from rehabiliatative therapies.
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The following is a partial transcript of the video.
Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRT: I've had patients that had severe pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. And then after that hospitalization period, they're very weak, and now they're having difficulty with their mobility. So that's just an example of a case that you may not think would benefit from rehabilitation. And then we have other patients, for example, who are dealing with cancer...and they're experiencing a different level of pain. And so it requires a little bit of a more complex understanding of pain management for those patients and also their functional impairments may not be necessarily mobility, it might be more related to a mass that's grown and is inhibiting the way that they move.