When people think of physical therapy, they often think of athletes who have gotten injured or of people who of fallen and gotten hurt. Physical therapy, though, is not just for humans.
Recently, Carrie Underwood shared how her rat terrier, Ace, is undergoing physical therapy for a herniated disc he suffered in late December.
Just after the injury, Ace was paralyzed in his back-end for a few days. With rest, Ace was able to regain mobility on his right side, but his left side was not recovering as well.
Soon after the injury, Ace started therapy, which Underwood said has helped her dog to slowly regain use of his left side. In early January, Underwood posted a video of part of Ace's treatment. In the video, Ace is undergoing water therapy treatment, where he is walking on an underwater treadmill.
Ace is a bit wobbly at times and is mostly using his front paws for movement in the video. Underwood has admitted her dog has a long way to go before he is fully recovered, but she says he is “taking his therapy like a champ!”
While Ace is walking on four paws instead of two legs, pet physical therapy is surprisingly similar to what humans may expect from their own treatment. In both cases, the goal is reestablishing range-of-motion in the affected areas. This is done by having the individual use the injured areas while working to not further injure them. This often involves water exercises, stretches, and other simple exercises. Often, ice or heat is used to relieve swelling and pain.
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