Rehabilitation, Acupuncture & Pain Management
- We offer a wide variety of modalities, including:
- Our rehab center features state-of-the art equipment including:
- Dedicated physical therapy room with multiple modalities to improve function and range of motion
- Heated outdoor exercise pool
- Underwater treadmill
- Hyperbaric oxygen chamber
Calusa Veterinary Center is proud to have developed one of the area’s most comprehensive pain management and veterinary rehabilitation offerings. Our highly experienced clinical team is trained in a wide variety of modalities, providing referring veterinarians the opportunity to craft a complete plan for patients across the spectrum of possible therapies. Our team has treated dogs and cats with issues ranging from post-surgery recovery to arthritic pain mitigation. We offer a wide variety of programs and packages to fit any case and can seamlessly work with your regular veterinarian on developing a program that is appropriate for your pet.
Calusa Veterinary Center is proud to offer the latest techniques in veterinary rehabilitation to help our patients recover from injury and surgery with maximum speed and minimum pain.
We offer many of the same modalities commonly used in the human sector, including:
- Underwater or standard land type treadmill exercises
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Electro-muscle stimulation
- Low level laser therapy
- Magnetic field therapy
- Passive range of motion and more
Our Aquatic Center provides hydrotherapy in our heated outdoor exercise pool and our underwater treadmill provides low impact exercise in a reduced gravity environment. The warmth of the water used in aquatic therapy has many benefits. It can lessen pain, increase the flexibility of connective tissue, which allows for deeper stretching, and increase blood flow, which speeds up recovery.
Our rehabilitation programs are individually tailored to each patient and never approached as a one size fits all treatment. The veterinarians must carefully evaluate their patients prior to beginning a series of physical exercises as well as perform intermittent reevaluations of the patient to ensure that recovery is progressing and that parallel conditions, such as arthritis in other joints, are not being aggravated by the treatments.
- Increase circulation, which accelerates healing
- Increase muscle mass and strength, which improves balance, coordination, and performance
- Improve flexibility and mobility, which increases functionality
- Minimize pain, which restores and improves the patient’s quality of life
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Just like in human medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in veterinary medicine is designed to effectively deliver oxygen to tissues in the body in order to treat a wide range of ailments.
How does HBOT work? The hyperbaric chamber delivers to your pet 100% pure oxygen, which is inhaled at a pressure much greater than that of normal breathing. Under hyperbaric pressure, oxygen is able to reach damaged tissue 3 to 4 times farther than normally transferred by red blood cells. This is especially important in swollen and inflamed tissues where small blood vessels have been spread apart and oxygen from the red blood cells is unable to diffuse far enough to supply the needs of damaged cells. The more oxygen that is delivered to tissues, the faster healing is achieved. HBOT is useful in a variety of clinical situations and is most often given in combination with other modes of therapy.
- Reduce swelling and inflammation
- Ease pressure and edema caused by head or spinal cord injuries
- Stimulate new blood vessel formation in healing tissues
- Improve control of infection
- Promote wound healing
HBOT is used to treat:
- Head/spinal cord trauma
- Post-surgical swelling
- Crushing injuries
- Snake/spider bites
- Bone infection
- Smoke inhalation
- Post cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
- Sinusitis and much more
For thousands of years, acupuncture has played a fundamental role in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the treatment of both humans and animals. Today, veterinarians worldwide recommend combining acupuncture and other holistic therapies with the more conventional Western techniques to provide the most effective treatment for your pet. Calusa Veterinary Center is one of the few veterinary hospitals in the United States equipped to offer this unique alternative in treatment alongside its other pain management offerings. If you are not fully satisfied with the results of conventional medicine, you may want to consider adding acupuncture to your pet’s treatment plan.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points on your pet’s body to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Each acupuncture point triggers a certain response from the body. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood flow, relieve muscles spasms, and induce the release of pain-reducing hormones like endorphins and cortisol. Acupuncture can help manage and sometimes even cure many ailments, including:
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Postoperative pain and recovery
- Chronic skin, ear, respiratory, and sinus problems
- Anxiety/behavioral issues
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Cancer support and more
How long are the treatment sessions, and how many are required? A session may last from 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the pet’s needs, and are usually held once or twice a week. Pets generally require 8-10 sessions.
Will the needles hurt my pet? Almost always, no. In fact, most pets find the treatment relaxing and may even fall asleep. Some pets feel pain if there is a knot or spasm at the insertion point, and some pets, more commonly cats, may resist treatment.
If you pet is suffering from arthritis, recovering from a wound, or simply dealing with the everyday aches and pains that can come from aging, laser therapy can greatly improve his or her quality of life by decreasing pain and allowing greater mobility. Cold laser therapy, also known as low level laser therapy, is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation in order to treat a variety of ailments.
Cold laser therapy is used to treat:
- Tendon and soft tissue injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Swelling due to back disc problems
- Wounds such as skin lesions or abrasions and post-surgical incisions
- Muscular-skeletal abnormalities and more
How does cold laser therapy work? The laser uses a beam of light to stimulate damaged cells to produce more energy, leading to improved cell function. This increase in function has a host of benefits, including improved circulation, decreased inflammation, and release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever.
What are the treatments like? During treatment, the laser is applied directly to the skin or held just above the skin’s surface if contact is painful. Sessions can last from a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Treatment is safe and usually painless – in fact, many dogs find the treatment relaxing and enjoyable due to the release of endorphins it causes.
Dr. Andrew Turkell is now certified to perform Vet-Stem Regenerative Cell (VSRC) therapy, a modern stem cell therapy used to treat dogs suffering from arthritis as well as tendon and ligament injuries.
How does VSRC therapy work? San Diego based company Vet-Stem, Inc., has developed a procedure that isolates stem cells from an animal’s own fat for therapeutic injection into the injured tissue or joints. Within 48 hours, Vet-Stem will isolate a pet’s stem cells and return them to an authorized veterinarian, such as Dr. Turkell, to be used in treatment of the injured pet. The stem cells are then injected into the bloodstream, which stimulates the growth of new, healthy cells in the injured area. The effects of a single injection last from several months to over a year and a half. There are no moral or ethical concerns with VSRC therapy because the cells used are adult cells, and come from your pet’s own fat tissue, which means that no embryonic cells are created or killed in the process.
Is VSRC therapy right for my dog? If your dog is suffering from arthritic pain, you may want to consider VSRC therapy. Since 2006, over 3,500 dogs have received treatment and 80% of owners have reported improved quality of life for their dogs. Dr. Harman, founder of Vet-Stem, says, “We’ve seen stem cell therapy help dogs whose pain was previously so severe that they struggled to stand, jump into cars, chase balls or run up and down stairs.” A single injection decreases pain to help your dog return to his or her boisterous self.
In addition to the wide array of aforementioned veterinary rehabilitation therapies, Calusa is proud to offer other, cutting-edge treatments that can help your pet in specific instances. These include: