Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) For Canines
This stimulation helps to re-train your dog’s muscle, which improves the muscle’s ability to work properly and speeds the healing and strengthening process. After a dog has had an orthopedic injury or surgery, it is extremely important that the affected muscle group heals and strengthens properly. The proper rehabilitation and healing process not only helps return your dog to an optimal level of activity, but is the best way to prevent arthritis that can result when weak muscles are not adequately supporting the joint. In a dog where arthritis has already set in, neuromuscular stimulation may also be used to stimulate the muscle and improve stiffness in the joint.
At Canine Rehabilitation and Arthritis Center, we use TENS for the following:
Rehabilitation for dogs recovering from TPLO, Total Hip Replacement, and other orthopedic surgeries.
Rehabilitation for dogs recovering from a fracture.
Therapy for dogs with arthritis due to age or injury.
Therapy for dogs who participate sporting or performance activities that result in high impact on their joints.
Benefits of TENS
There are a variety benefits of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in dogs needing rehabilitation or arthritis therapy. It is important for pet owners to understand that this therapy in itself will not completely heal or cure injury arthritis. It is among a variety of therapies that will be implemented to your dog’s treatment plan to provide for an optimal outcome based on their individual condition.
Benefits of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Dogs include:
Helps muscles to heal or strengthen more quickly
Improves or maintains range of motion in the affected joint
Helps prevent osteoarthritis after a surgery
Helps prevent muscle atrophy (weakness and degeneration of muscle)
Faster healing which means less pain for your pet
What Can I Expect From TENS Treatment?
At Canine Rehabilitation and Arthritis Center, you can expect the highest level of care and individual attention to your dog’s individual needs. If your pet is coming to see us for rehabilitation after surgery, you can be assured that both rehabilitation staff and your dog’s surgeon will be part of the rehabilitation planning process. We are also committed to providing pet owners the education and resources to understand and participate in their dog’s rehab program. Just as you would have home activities and exercises to recover from a surgery, your dog will also need to follow a plan at home in between sessions.
A team approach between Canine Rehabilitation and Arthritis Center staff, your pet’s surgeon and you, is the best way to assure an optimal outcome and recovery for your pet.
Cost of TENS Treatment
Cost of treatment will vary depending on your dog’s specific rehabilitation or therapy needs. Post-surgical patients having a full rehabilitation plan which will include a variety of therapies recommended specifically designed for their recovery. Costs associated with your pet’s individual plan will be provided when discussing the rehabilitation plan with the surgeon.