Economic and Clinical Benefits of Orthopedic/Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Authors: 
Juliette Hart
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2022 May 10;S0195-5616(22)00040-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2022.03.011.

Orthopedic/Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation can be both a valuable comprehensive patient care service and economic addition to many veterinary practices.

As partners within the hospital, the Orthopedic/Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation service not only provides consultations for all patients with the ultimate goal of return to function (regardless of their "job"), the service also contributes to the recovery of patients in hospital, provides critical pain management and mobility assistance for hospitalized and postoperative patients, and champions a wide variety of supportive patient care solutions in many services within a hospital.

After patient discharge, the team can then aid in the client and patient recovery at home with key home exercise programs and communications to bolster the patient's home recovery, ongoing rehabilitation, and eventual return to function.