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ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapists

David Pardey, BSc (Hons), PG Diploma Veterinary Physiotherapy, MCSP, Category A Member of ACPAT

David qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2002 and has worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist for both the National Health Service and in private practice for 14 years. Specialising in the assessment and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions, he has most recently been working as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) physiotherapist running orthopaedic consultant clinics in an NHS setting. With a passion for dogs, he wished to utilise his specialist physiotherapy expertise for the benefit of our four legged friends.

David has gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy and is in his final year studying for his Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Having undertaken a range of clinical placements here at Greyfriars under the supervision of Kate Watson, he is now extremely pleased to have joined this renowned rehabilitation team.

Animals can’t tell us where their pain is or if they have injured themselves, and they are often good at hiding their discomfort. Chartered Physiotherapists have trained in human physiotherapy and worked in practice before upgrading to work with animals. The considerable experience gained in the human field develops skills which are largely transferable to animal physiotherapy. Their experience and specialities are diverse and therefore treatment programmes may be highly specialised. This experience is invaluable and allows Chartered Physiotherapists specialising in Veterinary Physiotherapy to be very sensitive to the identification and treatment of problems in animals.

The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance. Physiotherapy can ease the pain of dogs and cats with a range of problems including arthritis, sprains, strains and back pain. Physiotherapy can help treat dogs with performance problems as well as post-operation rehabilitation. Animals with spinal and neurological problems can benefit greatly from physiotherapy.

Any animal, from ageing pets to elite athletes in competition, can benefit from appropriate physiotherapy treatment.

Chartered physiotherapists will use a detailed assessment to tailor treatments to each animal’s condition and the stage of the problem. A variety of soft tissue techniques (e.g. massage), joint techniques (e.g. mobilisations and stretches) and electrotherapy treatments (e.g. LASER, ultrasound, TENS) are incorporated into veterinary physiotherapy treatments as appropriate. Your physiotherapist can also provide handling and posture advice, exercise advice, as well as education of conditions and management.

Exercise rehabilitation and functional rehabilitation are an important aspect of veterinary physiotherapy and our physiotherapists work together with the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners and Registered Canine Hydrotherapists to ensure every patient gets optimal care and treatment at Greyfriars, helping to ensure the best possible outcomes.

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