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Ratcliffe Referrals

Veterinary Physiotherapy

Veterinary Physiotherapy involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions in animals. It combines movement analysis with in-depth knowledge of anatomy to identify potential problems.

About

Ratcliffe Referrals Veterinary Physiotherapy is a Bedfordshire based mobile physiotherapy service specialising in equine and canine sports maintenance and rehabilitation.

Run and owned by Imogen Ratcliffe, a BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy graduate. Imogen is affiliated with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and maintains full public and private liability insurance.

With a keen interest in anatomy and a passion for animal welfare, Imogen strives to achieve the highest standard of care for her patients.

Equine Physiotherapy

It has been recommended that ridden horses have six-monthly maintenance checks to ensure they are fit for ridden function and have no pain impeding their performance.  Physiotherapy may also be indicated following injury or post-operatively in equines. Contact us to see how we can help your horse.

Canine Physiotherapy

There is increasing recognition for the benefits of physiotherapy in companion animals. From the canine athlete to the household pet, physiotherapy for dogs has demonstrated a number of clinical benefits. Physiotherapy is most commonly used in post-operative rehabilitation in canines. Contact us to see how we can help your dog.

Benefits of Physiotherapy:

Imogen is qualified to assess and treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal and neurological pathologies in animals. Physiotherapy is beneficial in a number of cases; to maintain a good quality of life and avoid injury, for working, competition or racing animals or to rehabilitate those post-operatively.

Clinical benefits of Physiotherapy include:
Reduced pain.
Reduced swelling.
Reduced muscle spasm.
Improved healing.
Increased range of motion.
Enhancement and restoration of function.
Optimised performance.

Common Conditions Treated with Physiotherapy:

Below is a list of common orthopaedic and neurological pathologies, typically treated with physiotherapy alongside conventional veterinary medicine.

This list is not exhaustive, please do not hesitate to contact us to see if we can assist your pet.

Canine

Hip dysplasia.
Elbow dysplasia. Osteochondrosis Dissecans.
Patella luxation.
Limb deformities.
Fractures.
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism.
Soft tissue injuries. Amputation.
Neurological deficits. Intervertebral Disc Disease.
Osteoarthritis.
Injury prevention and performance.

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Equine

Sacroiliac disease. Osteoarthritis.
Soft tissue injury:
Muscle strain.
Myopathy.
Atrophy (Muscle wastage). Impinging DSP’s – Conservative management and post-operative rehabilitation.
Tendon and ligament injuries.
Neurological deficit.
Injury prevention and performance enhancement.

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