Palmetto Animal Hospital

Pet Physical Therapy

We are excited to be able to offer our community the latest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our goal is to combine accepted physical therapy methods with an individual home controlled exercise program to safely return pets to their active lives. We offer therapy to help pets with conditions including post-surgery rehabilitation, neurologic disorders, arthritis, sports injuries, strength training, and wound healing.

Low Level Laser Therapy

LLLT is used to increase quality and strength of tissue repair, decrease inflammation and give pain relief. The effects are photochemical, not thermal and happen at the cellular level. Benefits include faster wound healing, increased vascular activity, stimulated nerve function, reduction of scar formation, and decreased inflammation.

Therapeutic Exercises

The patient will be evaluated and designed a set of exercises that are most effective in that patient's rehabilitation. Exercises may be directed at helping the patient with strengthening specific muscles or stretching to increase flexibility. Proprioceptive exercises are also performed for those animals who have suffered from any neurological diseases.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Thermal effects of a therapeutic ultrasound can be very beneficial in treating soft tissue injuries. It can be used to increase the flexibility of muscles while decreasing muscle spasm and scar tissue. We have also found it can increase circulation and minimize inflammation of damaged tissues. There are many indications for ultrasound which are relief of pain, muscle spasms, and joint contracture, adhesive capsulitis, bursitis, myositis soft tissue injuries, shortened tendons due to past injuries, relief of chronic pain from scarring and capsular tightness, and soft tissue injuries.

Electrical Stimulation

Estim is another modality to help relaxation of muscle spasms, prevents retardation of disuse atrophy, increase local blood circulation, muscle re-education, and maintaining or increasing range of motion.

Heat and Cold Therapy

The use of cold and heat is also used in physical therapy, and can be very beneficial in decreasing pain and inflammation. In the first 72 hours, cold therapy is used to decrease the pain and inflammation associated with surgery or trauma. This occurs by decreasing pain perception, decreasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation. Heat therapy is used later in the healing process to increase blood flow, increase muscle flexibility, decrease pain, and increase healing.


Massage utilizes soft tissue manipulation to achieve different goals such as relaxation, stimulation, and relief of muscle problems. It allows the body to function efficiently. Massage increases circulation bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Massage provides relief from many common ailments as well as enhances performance.

What Massage can do:

  • Increase circulation & oxygenation to the cells of the body
  • Decrease pain, soreness & stiffness
  • Improve muscle function
  • Increase flexibility & range of motion
  • Relaxation and stress reduction

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Located just over a mile from the Florence Country Club and Jeffries Creek Park in the Cypress Point neighborhood.

Phone: 843-667-6720

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