Pet Physical Therapy in Norman, OK

Dr. Greg Emmert was the first veterinarian in the state of Oklahoma to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). This process is a rigorous certification through the University of Tennessee Veterinary School and ensures that you can refer your patients to a qualified professional.

What is Animal Rehabilitation?

Called physical therapy in human medicine, rehabilitation is used to improve the quality of life for your pet by decreasing pain, increasing mobility and helping speed recovery from surgery or injury.

There are multiple rehabilitation methods and treatments that can be used to help patients. Each case begins with a through physical exam and treatments are based upon the needs of the pet and discussions with the owner. Over time, rehabilitation efforts can help rebuild muscle mass, improve range of motion in joints, help pets lose weight, and decrease the need for medications.

Therapy Options

Hydrotherapy in our Underwater Treadmill

One of the greatest tools for rehabilitation is water. We are equipped with an underwater treadmill which allows patients to exercise without bearing full weight. Hydrotherapy reduces strain on joints and tissues and provides a controlled environment to increase stamina, blood flow, and range of motion.

Hands of Physical Rehabilitation

We provide a variety of treatment modalities including manual mobilization, range of motion and muscle strengthening, balance training and more. In addition, each patient will be provided with information about beneficial exercises and activities to be performed at home to further compliment their rehabilitation.

Therapeutic Laser

Our therapeutic laser is an innovative treatment modality that is non-invasive, non-painful, and requires no medication. The laser functions by penetrating deep into tissue at the cellular level to decrease inflammation, decrease pain, and accelerate the healing process. We use the laser for a variety of conditions including arthritis, post-surgical pain, wounds, and even some skin conditions.

Neuromuscular Electro-Stimulation

This is a valuable tool for treating orthopedic and neurologic injuries and diseases. It helps relieve muscle spasms, prevents muscle atrophy, improves joint mobility, increases muscle mass and strength, and decreases pain. Electrical stimulation, also called e-stim, is recommended for pets recovering from orthopedic surgery, fracture repairs, spinal cord injuries, or several other neurological or orthopedic conditions in which the use of a limb is inhibited.

Other Therapy Services Provided:

Single-Day Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are the body's repair cells. They have the ability to divide and differentiate into many different types of cells based on where they are needed throughout the body. Stem cells can divide and turn into tissues such as skin, fat, muscle, bone, cartilage, and nerve to name a few. Stem cell therapy can be very useful in reversing arthritic symptoms. We harvest and process stem cells right here in our own hospital. This means less waiting, less expense to the owner, and significantly higher numbers of viable stem cells.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to increase the stretch in fibrous tissues (such as tendons), which can help increase range of motion around a joint. It can also be used to soften and break down scar tissue that is interfering with movement and is beneficial in decreasing pain and muscle spasms.

Exercise Prescription

Exercise Prescription is a designed program for both the hospital and for home that is specifically created around the needs of your pet. It will assist with core strengthening, building muscle, and improving agility in our canine patients. Exercise prescription can also be instrumental in weight loss.