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Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice


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Table of Contents

About the authors vii Preface ix Acknowledgements xi About the companion website xiii 1 Introduction 1 2 Anatomy: structure and function of the musculoskeletal system 7 3 Healing 29 4 Clinical examination 47 5 Modalities 69 6 Manual therapies 91 7 Common neurological conditions and their rehabilitation 115 8 Therapeutic exercise 147 9 Splints supports and aids 195 10 Pain 211 11 Treatment protocols 225 12 Setting up a physiotherapy clinic 259 Appendix 1 Nomenclature 279 Appendix 2 Regenerative medicine 281 Appendix 3 Further reading 283 Appendix 4 Useful websites for aids and equipment 285 Index 287

About the Author

David Prydie, BVMS, CertSAO, CCRT, MRCVS, is the founder of Physio-vet, a dedicated small animal physiotherapy practice and is one of only a few veterinary surgeons working full time in canine rehabilitation in the UK. He has been a featured speaker on animal rehabilitation and physiotherapy at many national and international conferences. He is especially interested in Sports Medicine (agility, flyball and obedience dogs,) and the management of chronic mobility diseases in dogs such as arthritis and degenerative myelopathy (CDRM.) Isobel Hewitt, BSc(Hons), MSc, is a chartered physiotherapist and a member of the Physio-vet team. She is a category A member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy).


"A nice and very practical book for your first steps in physiotherapy." (Vet Nurses Today, 1 January 2016) One of the highlights in this book is the chapter on therapeutic exercise. The photographs depicting the exercises are also available on the companion website and can be downloaded as handouts, which can be given to clients for use at home. (JAVMA, March 2016)

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