Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Regretfully, our Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service is closed until further notice. We hope to have this service back up soon.

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is a very new field in veterinary medicine. As part of our mission to provide today’s most innovative therapies, CUVS is one of the few institutions in the country to offer this service at a specialty level.

We provide not only comprehensive post-operative physical rehabilitation, but also the diagnosis and management of nonsurgical orthopedic conditions, and the conditioning of canine athletes and service dogs.

If your pet has suffered an orthopedic or neurologic illness or injury, or has undergone surgery, he or she can enjoy the same benefits from physical rehabilitation as humans do - including faster recovery, less pain, and improved quality of life. We work closely with CUVS’s board-certified surgeons to develop the optimal treatment plan, integrating post-operative care and rehabilitation tailored to your pet’s unique situation. For nonsurgical patients, we combine rehabilitation techniques with other modalities and pain management, to facilitate sustained recovery, comfort and function.


The Services We Offer

We use numerous modalities to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal diseases and injuries, depending on your pet’s situation and your goals. These include:

  • Lameness and sports-specific evaluations
  • Video assessments
  • Diagnostic imaging (x-rays, ultrasound, CT scan)
  • Diagnostic joint blocks (local anesthesia)
  • Individualized rehabilitation program development
  • Training program development and guided return to sport
  • Neurofunctional acupuncture
  • Soft-tissue mobilization
  • Intra-articular therapies
  • Regenerative medicine (platelet rich plasma/PRP, stem cells)
  • Pain management
  • Osteoarthritis management
  • Underwater treadmill
  • Electrical nerve and muscle stimulation (NMES, E-STIM)
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Conservative rehabilitation strategies (orthoses, prostheses)
  • Nutrition, weight management
  • Surgery: we partner with our board-certified surgeons to build comprehensive treatment and recovery plans when surgery is indicated

The Conditions We See

Our Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation teams sees pets with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Post-operative patients: Knee (TPLO, TTA, extra-capsular repair), back, hip (FHO, hip replacement), elbow, shoulder, fracture repair, amputation, soft- tissue surgery and oncologic (cancer) surgery
  • Cruciate injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Medial patellar luxation (MPL)
  • Back problems: Intervertebral disk disease, degenerative myelopathy, lumbosacral disease)
  • Muscle injuries: Biceps tendinopathy, supraspinatus, iliopsoas
  • Shoulder problems: Medial shoulder instability (MSI)
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Flexor tendon injuries
  • Hyperextension injuries
  • Oncologic pain
  • Osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease
  • Weight management


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