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Our experts have found that rehabilitative exercises can also improve a patient's mental and emotional well-being, and a patient with an improved attitude has a better chance at healing.

Rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation services are similar to the treatment approaches used in human physical therapy.

Working with our rehabilitation specialist can help your animal in many ways, including: improved post-operative recovery, an improved quality of life, or restoring your pet's activity and function. If you or your veterinarian think rehabilitation might help your animal, we’re here to help. No referral is needed, although one is helpful. All new patients will receive a full physical, neurologic exam, and orthopedic exam plus various baseline measurements to help us develop a personalized therapy plan for your pet.

Services

  • Complete assessment (objective and subjective measurements)
  • Aquatic therapy (swimming and underwater treadmill)
  • Land treadmill exercise and acclimation
  • Acupuncture
  • Local hot and cold therapy
  • Massage
  • Passive range of motion
  • Personalized home exercise development
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Therapeutic ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic laser
  • Pulsed signal therapy (magnetic)
  • Chronic geriatric exercise
  • "Shape Up Pup" © Weight management program
  • Cart and/or wheelchair fitting/adjustment
  • Custom splint and brace/orthotics casting
  • Evaluations

Special Capabilities

  • Chronic orthopedic or neurologic conditions
  • Post-operative patients
  • Athletic conditioning

Meet the Rehabilitation Faculty

Kim Knap

 

MAKING APPOINTMENTS

We offer a variety of appointment options including scheduling out-patient appointments, single-day drop-off appointments, and medical boarding with rehabilitation for extended therapy. A single session costs $31. An entire week of boarding plus twice-daily rehabilitation costs $390. Please contact Kim Knap directly at 217-265-5314 or VTHRehab@vetmed.illinois.edu if you would like to discuss these options or make an appointment.