What to Expect with an Equine Physical Therapy Assessment

  • History of Horse
  • Presenting Complaint and Nature of Injury
  • Review treatments, injections, or surgeries previously performed by DVM for presenting complaint
  • Standing Inspection of Horse (Observation, Palpation, Range of Motion)
  • Horse Gait Observation with video recording (consent required by owner of the horse) unmounted and/or mounted by usual rider over soft and hard surfaces
  • Review of available diagnostic imagery/readings of horse
  • Review of DVM diagnosis/prognosis of current injury
  • Discussion with DVM if horse is amenable to rehabilitation with physical therapist
  • Discuss owner’s expectation of rehabilitation
  • Create/Develop in collaboration with horse’s DVM Outcomes/Goals that are realistic, responsible, and timely with adjustments to rehab care plan

Please Note: A Physical Therapist will not diagnose equine problems. For a Physical Therapist to treat your horse, a DVM must evaluate and agree to work collaboratively with a properly trained physical therapist for the rehabilitation care of the horse.

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