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ABSTRACT: Rehabilitation in the first 48 hours after surgery.
2009-11-06

Shumway R.

Animal Medical Center, New York, New York 10021, USA. renee.shumway@amcny.org

Physical therapy is commonly used postoperatively in humans to decrease pain, inflammation and recovery time. The same goals can be achieved in our veterinary patients using similar modalities such as; cryotherapy, passive range of motion, massage, transcutaneous electrical stimulation and low-level light laser therapy. When used in the first 48 hours following surgery, the reduction in pain, increased mobility, and decreased inflammation will aid in early return to normal function. Applied appropriately these treatments have both immediate and long term benefits.

J Vet Intern Med. 2006 Jul-Aug;20(4):927-32.

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