Introduction to Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

Intervertebral disk disease is a vital and timely topic as we’re seeing more and more cases in the rehabilitation clinic and as well as in veterinary practices in general. Description of Intervertebral Disc Disease Intervertebral discs are pads of fibrocartilage located between most of the vertebra of the spinal column. These discs comprise an outer … Read More

Conservative Treatment Options for IVDD (Part 2 of 3)

Assessing Mobilization The first thing we want to look at in a dog with IVDD is its level of mobilization. Active motion determines what the dog is able to do and its pain level. Most of the time, the dog will avoid an activity if it causes pain. Our goal is to restore motion and … Read More

Conservative Treatment Options for IVDD (Part 1 of 3)

There are many components involved in conservative treatment of IVDD. In the acute phase, the following modalities are used: Pharmaceutical therapy Laser Therapy Cryotherapy Rest In the post-acute phase of IVDD, these modalities are used: Mobilization Stabilization Standing Exercises Balance Exercises Rhythmic Stabilization Postural Strength Underwater Treadmill Positional Traction Laser Therapy Acupuncture Electroacupuncture Alterations in … Read More