My Wonderful Companion

My Wonderful Companion

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jasper and physical therapy

This is what my vet said to do, but I have heard very knowledge people say this is way to aggressive a process.  We are not pushing Jasper.  If he doesn't do much more than he is now thats fine.  As long as the leg is flexible and he is using it mostly but babying it, we are ok.

week 1 - massage 5 -10 mins 3-4 times daily
               passive range exercises (bend and straighten the leg - you need a pro to show you how)
               short controlled leash walks 5 mins 3-4 times a day (potty trips)
week 2 - after the stitches come out, you can do cold therapy if its swollen or moist heat pack therapy if its not swollen
               I found it helpful to do the passive range exercises at this point before exercise
               massage 10 mins 3-4 times day
               passive range exercise 15 reps, 3-4 times a day
               short leash walks 3-4 times a day for 5-10 mins
week 3   moist heat pack
              massage 10 mins 2-3 times a day
              if his is using leg well, you can discontinue the passive range motion exercise
              slow controlled leash walk 15 mins 3-4 times a day
              sit-stand exercise
              stop icing
week 4   all the same stuff, but add figure 8s
week 5-8   same stuff but add curb work and slight incline work
week 9-12  same stuff

Vet recommened professional therapy places with water treadmills and swimming.  I can't afford that and Jasper has never been swimming.  He would love it.  Freak out and injure himself.                

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