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Holly Kerr Canine Physiotherapist

Orthopaedic and Surgical conditions

Many dogs suffer from orthopaedic conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia, or joint injuries. Physiotherapy can help with pain relief, and provide exercise and rehabilitation programmes to restore and maintain normal movement and function. Physiotherapy can greatly enhance recovery from common surgical orthopaedic conditions such as cranial cruciate ligament repair, fractures and joint replacements. Early physiotherapy intervention following orthopaedic surgery in the dog is indicated to enhance recovery (Monk et al 2006) and rehabilitation following surgery has been shown to be beneficial to restore normal function.

Common canine conditions

Many dogs suffer from soft tissue injuries including muscle strains or tears, ligament and tendon strains and other injuries. Incidents such as car accidents, falls and other traumas are often common causes. Physiotherapy is used to reduce pain, enhance healing and restore the dog’s normal movement and function following injury.
The sporting, working, and agility dog is an elite athlete. Through prevention and treatment of pain and injury, physiotherapy can help achieve and maintain optimal performance in these animals.

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Preventative / maintenance
  • Joint and spinal pain
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Canine sports injuries


The older dog

Arthritis is a very common condition in dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. Physiotherapy can help with pain relief, joint stiffness and muscle wasting to improve movement and quality of life in the older dog and enable the owner to manage this chronic condition.



Neurological conditions


Just like people dogs can suffer neurological problems such as peripheral nerve, spinal cord and degenerative conditions. Rehabilitation includes regaining or maintaining function by improving muscle strength, joint awareness sense, and giving advice and guidance to owners to manage their animal’s rehabilitation.


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