to read our newsletter on Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease is a common disorder affecting more than 20% of the canine population and recognized in other species such as cats, exotic pets and large domestic species like horses, sheep and goats.
The study of the pathology and treatment of OA in humans and animal species has been long standing and continues with great intensity. We now understand that OA is an irreversible complex of both biochemical and biomechanical events within the affected joints. It is no longer correct to simply think of OA as a part of the “normal” aging process.
Animals with OA generally experience chronic pain and discomfort, muscle weakness, stiffness, limitations in mobility and overall diminishment in their quality of life. As we better understand the process of OA formation we can more effectively target our therapies for improved management of the disease. It is best to use a multi-modal approach in treating OA, i.e. there is no single therapeutic intervention that will give us the best outcome. Rather a combination of therapies works most effectively to relieve pain, improve overall joint health, flexibility and mobility.
At the West Chester Veterinary Rehabilitation Specialty Center osteoarthritis is treated with a variety of interventions including:
- Therapeutic Exercise;
- Aquatic Therapy;
- Range of Motion Stretches;
- Weight Management;
- Pharmacologic Agents (anti-inflammatories, pain relievers, joint protectors);
- Nutritional Supplements.
Appropriate interventions are chosen on a case by case basis.
Please contact our rehabilitation specialists at 610-696-8712 to set up a consultation to learn how to manage your pet’s arthritis.