Doctor Consultations and Exams
The Mayo Clinic, Rush Presbyterian Hospital and The Harvard Medical School are just a few of the medical institutions utilizing integrative medicine, a practice that is becoming more prevalent in veterinary care. Integrative medical care is often confused with alternative medicine. Alternative medical care is in lieu of traditional veterinary care (allopathic or western medicine). Integrative medicine combines conventional Western medicine with proven non-traditional medicine, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, etc. — improving diagnostic effectiveness and expanding treatment options. Veterinary medicine has been following this trend with more specialty centers and integrative practices offering rehabilitation, acupuncture, nutritional consults, cold laser therapy, spinal adjusting or other (non-traditional) treatments in conjunction with traditional Western medicine.
So, what is behind the trend?
As more research is being done by the National Institute of Health, we are gaining a better understanding of the physiological and neurological reasons behind the effectiveness of non-allopathic treatments. Increased public demand and positive medical outcomes have generated wider acceptance within the medical community. Simultaneously, specialized training has become more widely available, increasing the number of veterinary professionals able to provide these services. The Animal Rehabilitation and Wellness Center (ARWC) is a specialty clinic that utilizes an integrative approach to rehabilitation & sports medicine and a wide variety of complex medical cases. Our services include:
- Post-surgical rehabilitation and accelerated recovery
- Non-surgical alternatives for orthopedic issues
- Soft tissue injuries and chronic lameness
- Arthritis, loss of mobility or limited range of motion
- Sport conditioning and pre and post event chiropractic adjustments
- Neurological conditions
- Fitness and weight loss
- Age-related issues
- Treatment options for medical conditions not responding to current therapies or treatments (allergies, IBS, seizures, chronic cystitis, etc.)
- Adjunctive treatment to support current medical treatments (i.e., acupuncture for oncology patients to improve appetite and energy)
Doctor Consultations and Exams
Consults are provided by Dr. Adams who has extensive training in Rehabilitative Sports Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She has over 24 years experience in general medicine and emergency medicine and over 15 years in 24 hour specialty referral practices co-managing patients with surgeons, internists, neurologists, oncologists, criticalists, emergency care DVMs. Dr. Adams has advanced training and certifications in rehabilitation, animal chiropractic, TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine), acupuncture, Chinese and western herbs, nutritional and supplements along with 7 years of experience in stem cell research and treatment. Her depth of experience and professional training create a specialized set of skills to help diagnose and treat illness or injury. During each exam Dr. Adams provides a
- Full conventional exam (weight, temperature, pulse, respiratory, etc.)
- Orthopedic exam
- Neurologic exam
- Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical (TCVM) exam
- Nutritional consult
Types of exams include:
- New consults – An integration of four exams, including a physical, neurologic, orthopedic and traditional chinese veterinary exam. This is a comprehensive exam for diagnosing complex medical and orthopedic cases. A comprehensive treatment plan will be developed to help improve the quality of life of your pet.
- Post-surgical – An exam for patients who have recently had surgery. It is tempting to start exercises right away, however, ensuring inflammation and pain are effectively under control is the first prioritize, or you risk re-injury or prolonging recovery. Records and radiographs will be reviewed and an individualized treatment plan developed including: pain management, post-operative nutrition, supplements, simple non-stressful exercises, passive range of motion and instructions for thermal and cryotherapy. Once pain and inflammation are under control, the next step will be creating a custom exercise program.
- Rehabilitation – A comprehensive orthopedic and neurologic exam for post-surgical patients to build back muscle, improve range of motion and ensure there are no issues that contraindicate prior to beginning an exercise program and returning to normal activity. Measurements are taken to monitor progress and effectiveness of the treatment plan.
- Recheck– A follow up exam to check up on progress, recheck measures, ensure no compensatory issues have cropped up and reassess the treatment plan going forward. All to ensure we are maximizing the progress and longterm health of each patient.
- Wellness – An exam for healthy pets or performance athletes interested in starting an exercise program for weight loss or for alternative options for achieving and maintaining optimal health. Nutrition and supplements will be discussed along with maintenance programs such as routine animal chiropractic adjustments for performance athletes, alternative vaccine and titer programs for owners who wish to minimize potential vaccine reactions/complications and herbal and supplement options for preventative care and longevity.
Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine - advancing the art and science of veterinary medicine by caring for the structural, physiological, medical and nutritional needs of animals and restoring them to normal form and function after injury or illness.
- Underwater Treadmill
- Fitness swimming and performance conditioning
- Animal Chiropractic
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Laser (Class IV)
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
- Stem cell treatments
Integrative Medicine – Combining traditional and non-traditional medical modalities to provide a broad spectrum of proven medical options for the treatment and prevention of common and complex conditions. Conditions we frequently treat include vaccine reactions, rattlesnake bites,uncontrollable seizures, liver and kidney disease, pancreatitis, chronic upper respiratory issues, IBS and immune mediated disease.
- Traditional Veterinary Exam
- Orthopedic Exam
- Neurlogic Exam
- TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Exam)
- Traditional medications
- Animal Chiropractic
- Diet and Nutritional Supplements
- Chinese and Western Herbs
- Nutrition, diet and supplements