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Practical Physiotherapy for Veterinary Nurses


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Acknowledgements, vii About the companion website, ix 1 Musculoskeletal physiotherapy 1 Introduction 1 Gait analysis 2 History taking 5 Physical examination 6 Exercise plans 7 Physiotherapy treatment techniques and modalities 8 Musculoskeletal presenting conditions 24 Pain management 75 Physiotherapy musculoskeletal assessment 79 Self ]assessment questions 86 2 Neurology 89 Introduction 89 Surgical presenting conditions 91 Non ]surgical presenting conditions 116 Medical neurological presenting conditions 125 Neurological assessment 136 Physiotherapy assessment for the neurology patient 142 Self ]assessment questions 148 3 Respiratory physiotherapy 151 Introduction 151 Chest auscultation and interpretation 152 Contents Percussion note technique and interpretation 153 Interpretation of blood gases 154 Respiratory failure 154 Cardiorespiratory monitoring 156 Electrocardiograms 158 Respiratory presenting conditions 160 Respiratory physiotherapy treatment techniques 164 Self ]assessment questions 181 4 Hydrotherapy 185 Introduction 185 The aims of hydrotherapy 185 Pool chemistry 187 Properties of water 188 Hydrotherapy for specific conditions 189 Self ]assessment questions 202 Appendices 205 Abbreviations 209 References 211 Self-assessment answers 213 Index 219

About the Author

Donna Carver BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Dip AVN (surg), RVN, MCSP Donna works as part of the Pain and Rehabilitation service at The University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine, providing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to small animals. She started her veterinary nursing career in small animal general practice. She has previously worked at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, as a surgical veterinary nurse, and returning later as an animal physiotherapist/veterinary nurse. Donna is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and has given numerous CPD seminars in physiotherapy and rehabilitation.


"The Practical Physiotherapy for Veterinary Nurses textbook is ideal for veterinary nurses working in small animal practice with an interest in physiotherapy for both medical and surgical patients." (The New Zealand Veterinary Nurse 2016) "This book has several good points. Recommended rehabilitation is broken down into early phase (0 to 2 weeks), midphase (2 to 6 weeks), and late phase (6 to 12 weeks). It contains a nice review of respiratory therapy from a physical standpoint, a subject rarely tackled in other textbooks. Readers are reminded throughout the book to assess both subjective and objective outcome measures to evaluate the response and progression of therapy in individual patients. Communication and follow-up with the veterinary surgeon is also stressed." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2016)

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