All animals must have an initial assessment before any treatment can start. This involves a static and dynamic assessment as well as palpation. Assessments can last roughly 1 and half hours. Please download a referral form under the info tab to be able to start treatment. This is due to ER Vet Physio's legal requirement to obtain vet consent before physiotherapy (the veterinary surgeon exemption act 2015).
The Actual Session
First I will have chat with you about why your animal is starting physiotherapy, what conditions they may have been diagnosed with and any concerns or worries you have. I will also double-check that your vet is happy for me to progress with physiotherapy and I have all the up-to-date forms and case history of your animal. Next, I will start, my assessment, depending on your animal it may vary in order. Generally, I start with a visual static assessment, looking at your animal's confirmation, muscles balance and general behaviour. Followed by a dynamic assessment to see how they are moving and how comfortable they are moving. After which I will palpate (feel) your animal to assess for any differences in texture, tone, tenderness and temperature while assessing their behavioural reactions.
After the assessment, I will feedback to you and talk you through what I would like to do for the rest of the session. Click here to find out what treatments I offer. I will carry out my treatments.
Once I have performed the treatments, at this point I may be able to give you a very rough timescale of how long it will take for your animal to heal/improve. Please note this is NOT set in stone, each animal is different. I then set what I call homework, which is basically exercises, management tips and advice and treatments you can do at home to ensure your animal gets the most out of physiotherapy. All homework will be demonstrated where appropriate to ensure that you feel comfortable and happy performing it.
Follow Up Procedure
Within 24 hours after for appointment has finished, I will email or text the instructions of the homework. If you'd rather I can also create a paper version with the instructions on. In the meantime, I am more than happy to help with any queries within my working hours.
An initial assessment for dogs or small animals will cost £50 per session.
An initial assessment for horses or farm animals will cost £55 per session.