What to expect during your pet’s

Initial Rehabilitation Examination


The Initial Rehabilitation Examination is used to further define and understand your pet’s underlying orthopedic or neurologic condition and to custom design a therapeutic plan to help your pet recover or maintain his or her quality of life.  This ONE HOUR examination will include a gait assessment, goniometry (measurement of limb range of motion), orthopedic and/or neurologic assessments, and a brief general health physical.  Dr. Williamson will perform the examination and may be assisted by a technician.  

At the conclusion of the examination, if time permits, Dr. Williamson will provide your pet with an opportunity to receive a brief laser treatment focused on a primary area of concern.  Although included within the price of the Initial Examination, the laser treatment is an optional service and will be performed only with owner’s permission.  While laser treatment is in session, staff members, owners, and pets are required to wear protective eye glasses or “Doggles.”  Initial treatment is expected to last between 3-5 minutes.  Laser treatment is a pain-free and drug-free modality used to stimulate healing and reduce pain and inflammation through the use of light energy.  Our “Cutting Edge” Class IV laser is specifically designed with pre-set protocols to treat common conditions including joint pain and muscle tension or spasm.  

Following the Initial Examination, Dr. Williamson will review and discuss future rehabilitation treatment recommendations, services available, our information rehab packet, and will also go over the first set of recommended at-home exercises.  This time will also provide an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the rehab process.  Dr Williamson will also create an individual therapeutic program for your pet and will mail or email a therapy care plan summarizing the initial exam findings, owner and physical rehab goals, treatment recommendations, restrictions, and medication or supplement recommendations.  Future therapy sessions can be scheduled via phone or email.