With a variety of treatment options now available for your equine athlete, it is important to make sure that the professionals you select to oversee your horse’s rehab program are well educated and correctly trained in the use of many therapy modalities. The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine offers the only university based program producing Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CERP). The CERP program consists of a sequence of postgraduate courses designed to provide the participants with the necessary skills to design and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for commonly seen musculoskeletal, integumentary, and neurologic conditions in the horse.
- Cold Therapy: Assists in reducing inflammation
- Heat Therapy: Increases blood flow to the injured site for increased healing
- Hydrotherapy: The use of water (cold hosing etc.) to reduce inflammation
- Manual Therapies (massage, stretches, chiropractic)
- Electrical Therapies (e.g. electrical stimulation via acupuncture)
- Laser Therapy: Click to read our post on laser therapy
- Mechanical Therapies
- Therapeutic Ultrasound: May be used to treat musculoskeletal injuries and promote wound healing
- Shock Wave Therapy: Click to read our post on shock wave therapy
- Therapeutic Exercise (underwater Treadmill, hand walking, riding, ground exercises, etc.)
- Pain Management
Be sure to follow up with your veterinarian as the rehabilitation program comes to an end. It is important to confirm that the injury has healed sufficiently before allowing your horse to return to work. Starwood Equine’s newest addition to the team, Dr. Jillian Mills, is one of only two veterinarians in the state of California to have acquired certification from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s program producing Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CERP). Call or email our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Jillian to evaluate your horse’s potential rehabilitation needs for recovery or fitness.