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National Pain Awareness Month

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness, News Updates

September is recognized as National Pain Awareness Month. Animal Medical Center of Mid-America operates two Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Centers, one at each clinic location- helping you to find the best way to manage or prevent pain in your pet! 

Pain management includes both pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical options and can provide relief, as well as help your pet with general physical fitness, which is especially important in aging animals, but can apply to pets of all ages.

Below are some of the services that we offer at our Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Centers at both AMCMA locations:

Underwater Treadmill - Utilizing the therapeutic properties of water, this is a safe method for rehabilitation after injury and improving body condition.

Rehabilitation - Therapist-assisted and condition-specific exercises can improve limb use, balance, and strength, as well as manual therapy including range of motion, stretching, and massage.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy - A patient’s own blood cells are processed and injected back into the specific joints where arthritis is occurring. The high concentration of growth factors and healing proteins helps reverse the joint damage and aids the body in restoring healthy joint tissue.

Class IV Laser Therapy - Laser therapy targets specific body areas to relieve pain and inflammation, stimulate tissue regeneration, and helps the body release endorphins to fight pain naturally.

Therapeutic UltrasoundTherapeutic Ultrasound is used in the Integrated Veterinary Pain Management Clinic for a variety of reasons.  Some benefits of the ultrasound are to decrease pain, increase the flexibility of the collagenous tissues, increase blood flow in the local tissues.  The therapeutic ultrasound uses ultrasonic waves to produce these results in the tissue.  The ultrasound uses a coupling gel and typically long-haired dogs will need to be shaved over the target area for maximal benefit.  Most of the patients that we have treated with the ultrasound have some form of tendonitis.  

Nutrition Counselling - Obesity is the number one pet health problem encountered today. Not only does extra weight stress joints and ligaments, but fat tissue promotes inflammatory conditions inside the pet’s body.

Chiropractic Care - A pet experiencing pain from an injury or condition may benefit from adjustments that target specific areas of the body. These adjustments can help the nervous system to function better, allowing the body to heal.

In addition to these services and therapies, our doctors are also happy to talk to clients about alternative therapies for pain management, such as acupuncture, or using CBD (cannabidiol) to manage inflammation. We pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of new approaches, technologies, and ideas for making sure your pets live their happiest, healthiest, longest lives.

Your veterinarian will be able to make specific recommendations for which methods of treatment and therapy are best for your pet’s individual needs. If you are interested in pain management for your pet, please visit https://amcma.org/services/pain-management and fill out the pain questionnaire, and AMCMA will contact you to schedule an appointment!

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.