Evidence for the use of post-operative physiotherapy after surgical repair of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs

Cartlidge, H. (2014) Evidence for the use of post-operative physiotherapy after surgical repair of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs. The Veterinary Nurse, 5 (1). pp. 30-37.

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Abstract

Physiotherapy is well utilised and evidenced in human practice. However, the use of physiotherapy in veterinary practice is a relatively new concept with much of the current treatment based on human evidence. Currently the evidence base for the use of physiotherapy in dogs in the post-operative period after surgery for ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is minimal. Published evidence does indicate that the use of cold therapy in the immediate post-operative period can result in reduced swelling, reduced pain and increased range of motion (ROM). Additionally, post-operative physiotherapy programmes were shown to improve ROM, muscle mass and limb use post operatively when compared with a restricted exercise programme. However, there are some inconsistencies in results, which may in part be due to experiment design - data collection methods and sample numbers. More research is required in this field of veterinary medicine to provide evidence that the benefits of post-operative physiotherapy, widely recognised in human medicine, are truly applicable to the canine patient.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Darren Roberts
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 13:29
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 13:29
URI: http://hau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17126

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