Authors: L A H Schuster, A L de Carvalho, E A R Dos Santos, M P de Oliveira, C A Camacho-Rozo, E Raposo Monteiro, M P Ferreira, M M Alievi

Objectives: To quantify the physical activity levels in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture before and after lateral fabellar suture stabilisation surgery.

Authors: João C Alves, Ana Santos, Patrícia Jorge, P Lafuente

Objective: To describe the effect of a mesotherapy protocol in dogs with osteoarthritis.

Animals: 30 dogs.

Authors: Patrizia Piotti, Mariangela Albertini, Elisa Lavesi, Annalisa Ferri, Federica Pirrone

Quality of life is defined as an individual's satisfaction with its physical and psychological health, its physical and social environment, and its ability to interact with the environment. Understanding companion dogs' QOL can help veterinarians and owners know when treatment options have successfully alleviated symptoms of disease in such fields as veterinary physiotherapy.

Category: Rehabilitation
Authors: Juliette Hart

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

Authors: Kirkby Shaw K, Alvarez L, Foster SA, Tomlinson JE, Shaw AJ, Pozzi A

OBJECTIVE: To review fundamental principles of tissue healing and physical rehabilitation as they apply to dogs recovering from cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) surgery.

STUDY DESIGN: Invited Review.


OBJECTIVE To determine rate of and factors associated with return to agility competition for dogs with cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) rupture treated with tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). DESIGN Retrospective case series with nested case-control study.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the surgical technique and report the short-term results after removal of tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) cages in dogs with surgical site infections (SSI).

Category: Knee - Rehabilitation

Peroneal neuropathy is one of the complications of orthopaedic leg lengthening. Methods of treatment include slowing of distraction and decompression both of which may lead to additional complications.

OBJECTIVE: Large muscular or musculotendinous defects present a dilemma because of the inadequacies of current treatment strategies. Extracellular matrices (ECM) are potential clinically applicable regenerative biomaterials. This review summarizes information from the preclinical literature evaluating the use of ECM for muscle regeneration in animal models of volumetric muscle loss (VML).

STUDY DESIGN: Literature review.

SAMPLE POPULATION: Animal models of VML in which surgical repair was performed with an ECM product, with or without added cell populations.

Massage therapy is becoming increasingly popular in human and animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Wider application of the technique led to research efforts aimed at providing scientific support to anecdotal beneficial effects, particularly pain relief.

Recent studies have shown that massage therapy alters dopamine and serotonin levels, decreases noradrenaline levels, and modulates the immune system. Psychological effects such as reduction of stress and anxiety, with improvement of depressive patients, have been reported in humans.

Category: Rehabilitation