Skip to main content

Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice

Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice

David Prydie, Isobel Hewitt

ISBN: 978-1-118-66147-5

Sep 2015, Wiley-Blackwell

312 pages



Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice provides a concise and accessible introduction to physiotherapy that demonstrates its benefits to both veterinary patients and practitioners.  One of the fastest growing specialties in veterinary medicine, this book will help you to successfully introduce physiotherapy into your practice improving rehabilitation and recovery of dogs and cats. 

Key features:

  • Covers an array of different treatments and techniques, such as manual therapies, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy, and hydrotherapy
  • Includes practical advice on selecting equipment, examinations, treatment protocols, and charging
  • Offers strategies for introducing physiotherapy into the practice schedule, including space and staffing requirements
  • Companion website provides over 50 printable client education handouts for download

Related Resources

About the authors vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xi

About the companion website xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Anatomy: structure and function of the musculoskeletal system 7

3 Healing 29

4 Clinical examination 47

5 Modalities 69

6 Manual therapies 91

7 Common neurological conditions and their rehabilitation 115

8 Therapeutic exercise 147

9 Splints supports and aids 195

10 Pain 211

11 Treatment protocols 225

12 Setting up a physiotherapy clinic 259

Appendix 1 Nomenclature 279

Appendix 2 Regenerative medicine 281

Appendix 3 Further reading 283

Appendix 4 Useful websites for aids and equipment 285

Index 287

“A nice and very practical book for your first steps in physiotherapy.”  (Vet Nurses Today, 1 January 2016)

One of the highlights in this book is the chapter on therapeutic exercise. The photographs depicting the exercises are also available on the companion website and can be downloaded as handouts, which can be given to clients for use at home. (JAVMA, March 2016)