Hydrotherapy for Pain Management and More
Pain can be debilitating for our pets and it keeps them from being their best selves. Veterinary medicine has come far in the past few decades, and more pain management options exist than ever before. They include anything from traditional medications to acupuncture and, of course, hydrotherapy! At Companion Animal Hospital of Norridge, our hydrotherapy equipment and dedicated team help pets recover faster from surgery or injury, control their weight, and manage their chronic conditions.
Benefits of Hydrotherapy
Our hydrotherapy equipment features an underwater treadmill that allows pets full range of motion with minimal pressure on their joints. The warm water provides a comfortable temperature and promotes pain management by decreasing inflammation and swelling in joints. The controlled environment allows us to raise the water level to the exact height we need, based on your pet’s size and the specific joint we need to target. Pets are able to exercise with minimal discomfort which facilitates healing and increases fitness.
Other benefits of hydrotherapy include:
- Greater joint flexibility
- Pain management for injuries, chronic conditions or surgical recovery
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved endurance and cardiovascular fitness
- Decreased inflammation and swelling
- Weight management
When We Recommend Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is ideal for pets who struggle to put their full weight on a limb or limbs. Whether their pain results from a recent surgery, injury, or is an ongoing chronic condition, hydrotherapy can provide pain management as well as a higher level of fitness and therefore improved quality of life. We often recommend hydrotherapy to help with the following:
- Post-surgical recovery
- Degenerative joint disease
- Recovery from injury
- Hip dysplasia
- Weight loss
- And much more!
Interested in learning more about hydrotherapy? Give us a call!