Why And How To Add Integrative Rehabilitation And Physical Medicine To Your Practice
Available for RACE approved CE credit if watched from 8:50AM – 9:40AM PST on Friday, October 8, 2021.
Why are you sending your patients to surgeons when you have so many non-surgical options that you and your staff can perform, often with better results, from both a pain and functional perspective.? As veterinary students, we learned about musculoskeletal disease from orthopedic surgeons, typically, and what’s their specialty? Surgery. If, instead, we’d received a balanced education with science-based integrative medicine and rehabilitation with which to compare the various methods, we’d be looking at a spectrum of options for conditions such as cranial cruciate ligament disease (CrCLD), intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), and other “itis”-es of various sorts. In contrast to the standard types of rehabilitation commonly found in veterinary medical centers, integrative rehabilitation offers far more than the PT-derived practices therapeutic ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), cryotherapy, thermotherapy, and exercise. That is, integrative rehabilitation expands the opportunities for intervention from several angles, comprising medical acupuncture, photomedicine, medical massage, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, and botanical medicine as well as the conventional PT techniques. In so doing, we heighten the chances for success by more effectively improving tissue health, speeding recovery, controlling pain, and maintaining a higher quality of life.