|About||"To alleviate pain and restore our patients to maximal function, improving their quality of life."|
Welcome to the Facebook page of Twin Cities Rehabilitation, a veterinary clinic with the sole focus of physical medicine & rehabilitation for animals. Whether you need to ease pain and stiffness in an older pet, to regain mobility after injury or to speed recovery from surgery - we provide advanced integrative care to help your best friend.
Our mission statement:
"To alleviate pain and restore our patients to maximal function, improving their quality of life."
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is rehabilitation?
> Physical rehabilitation is the treatment of injury or illness to decrease pain and restore function. When people think of rehabilitation, they tend to presume it is all about getting back to fitness after treatment of an injury. In fact, we also deal with acute injuries before an exercise program can begin. In this early stage, we can use physical modalities, manual therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic to reduce swelling, restore circulation, and relieve spasm and pain.
Rest alone after injury usually does not relieve the problems caused by inflammation and spasm; for example, a muscle in spasm cannot get adequate blood supply to heal. The body adapts and protects the injured area long after healing has started. These protective mechanisms alter movement of the whole musculoskeletal system and increase strain on other areas. Rehabilitation should start as soon as possible after injury.
How does rehab prevent injury?
> Prevention of injury is important. This is especially true when recovering from injury as the healthy legs have to take increased strain and are at risk of further injury. Rehabilitation is important for strengthening and to increase flexibility.
Just like us, dogs can be predisposed to favor one side; they may always turn the same way and depend on the stronger side. This predisposes to injury on the weaker side and lack of flexibility. Correcting these imbalances is helpful in any individual, but it is critical in athletes.