Simply put, animal physiotherapy is just like human physiotherapy. Just like us, dogs and horses need assistance after an injury, an operation, or to cope with longer term medical conditions. Although the list below is not exhaustive, it does highlight some of the typical cases we see on a daily basis.

Canine & small animal physiotherapy


Surgical procedures

(Physiotherapy will normally commence within 24-48 hours post surgery)


Cruciate Ligament 

Hip replacement

Patella Luxation

Total knee replacement

Disk Laminectomy

Elbow Arthroscopy

Ununited Anconeal Process

Carpal Hyperextension

Conservative management

(A longer term plan is put in place to allow the animal to cope)



Hip Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia

Shoulder Instability

Subluxating Patella

Degenerative Disk Disease

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

Cervical Spondylomyelopathy 

Although small animal and canine surgery is relatively common, it does always carry a risk to the animal. That is why many vets will try and manage a condition with physiotherapy to avoid surgery if it is the best interests of the animal

Equine physiotherapy

Surgery is less common in horses, simply due to the complications that arise from their size - this doesn't mean their conditions are any less severe


Surgical procedures
(Many horses also benefit from "pre"habilitation plans, to optimise recovery post surgery)

Kissing Spines

Tendon and Ligament Surgery

Splint Bone Removal



Upward fixation of patella

Colic surgery (wound management)

Conservative management

(A common approach is for the therapist to oversee an at-yard programme of treatment and exercise)

All forms of arthritis

Kissing spines


Musculoskeletal injuries

Generalised lameness 


Conditioning and fittening