The Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals assists dogs, from elite champions of the sporting circuits to old dogs who enjoy casual walks, in returning to their feet and getting back to functioning within their families again.
Specializing in rehabilitation, the service will treat canine athletes, as well as other companion animals including cats, to recover from injuries or surgeries where rehabilitation is indicated to improve function and recovery. The service works heavily with orthopedics and neurology services in the hospital to expand upon current treatment options depending on the ailment of your pet. Whether serving athletes or everyday companions, the service focuses on helping animals recover performance abilities and stay active at any age.
Sports medicine for animals is an interdisciplinary field that integrates several modalities to help patients in ways one specific service may be limited. Sports medicine also offers an extra level of expertise and some procedures that typically can’t be found in most general veterinary practitioners’offices. The program offers several treatment modalities, including extracorporeal shockwave therapy for certain orthopedic conditions, platelet rich plasma therapy for osteoarthritis and tendon ailments, therapeutic ultrasound for deep tissue heating, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), acupunture and electro-acupuncture for pain relief, underwater treadmill for strengthening and muscle memory, and class IV laser therapy for wound healing and certain osteoarthritis conditions. Access to a force plate, a rare piece of equipment that can objectively measure how well an animal uses a limb, can provide true validation of whether and to what extent a treatments are effective for your companion.