Pain Management

Pain Management

Our RCVS recognised specialists (Anaesthesia and Analgesia) work with the physiotherapy and hydrotherapy team to provide a rehabilitation plan for a wide range of disorders.

On the first visit the patient is seen by one of the veterinary Surgeons from the Rehabilitation and pain clinic who will continue to oversee their treatment. On the basis of the clinical history and physical examination a plan will be formulated for the initial treatment which may include medication, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, nutritional manipulation, weight and exercise management or any combination of these. All options will be discussed with the client to make informed decisions together. With injury or chronic pain it can be very difficult to predict the course of recovery and we work together to manage expectations and keep the client and vet informed at every stage.

We can investigate complex patients with difficult to manage pain. Treatment may include use of specific medications including those licensed for use in humans where no veterinary equivalent exists. This can go a long way to alleviating pain but must be combined with physical and environmental management techniques. More advanced techniques such as targeted delivery of drugs including regional nerve blocks or spinal injection of medication may be employed if required.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves placing needles in specific points on the body to have a healing effect. It can bring improvements to a wide variety of systems in the body including the muscles bones and joints, hormonal and immune systems, and internal organs. It is particularly useful in the treatment of chronic pain alongside other therapies such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and appropriate pain-relieving medication. Clinical studies have shown positive results in humans and animals.

All cases are by referral only. Our RCVS recognised specialists also provide a free advice service to veterinary surgeons.

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