15. Evaluation and Rehabilitation Options for Orthopedic Disorders of the Pelvic Limb

  1. M. Christine Zink DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP and
  2. Janet B. Van Dyke DVM
  1. Judy C. Coates MEd, MSPT, CCRT

Published Online: 28 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch15

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

How to Cite

Zink, M. C. and Van Dyke, J. B. (2013) Evaluation and Rehabilitation Options for Orthopedic Disorders of the Pelvic Limb, in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813812168

Online ISBN: 9781118783443

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Keywords:

  • canine patients;
  • manual techniques;
  • modalities;
  • orthopedic disorders;
  • pelvic limb assessment;
  • rehabilitation techniques;
  • therapeutic exercise

Summary

A comprehensive evaluation from a physical therapy perspective requires keen observational and manual skills. Assessment of the pelvic limb of canine patients entails careful examination of the toes, tarsus, stifle, and hip as well as a scan of the spine to rule out referred pain. Elements of the exam include postural evaluation, functional assessment, gait analysis, strength testing, passive range of motion (PROM), flexibility testing, soft tissue palpation, joint play assessment, and special tests. Interpretation of the history and objective exam are considered in developing an assessment and physical therapy working diagnosis. Functional and measurable goals are established and are used as benchmarks of progress. Finally, a treatment plan is formulated to address the stated abnormal findings relative to the preset goals. Treatment may include manual techniques, modalities, and therapeutic exercise such as proprioceptive and strengthening exercises. Frequent reassessment is necessary in order to determine the effectiveness of the plan.