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Physical Rehab

Ballston Animal Hospital now offers rehabilitation services.

Physical Rehabilitation for Your PetPets can benefit greatly from rehabilitation following disease, injury, or surgery. Rehabilitation is also used to promote wellness, weight loss, strength training, and improve comfort. Physical rehabilitation uses non-invasive methods to reduce pain and inflammation and improving mobility and function.

Phillip Biele, LVT, CCRP will work with you and your pet to identify a plan that is best suited to your pet’s specific needs. Together with your veterinarian, Phillip will strive to improve or maintain functional ability and manage discomfort. Rehabilitation can often benefit senior pets and offset the aches and pain of aging, including arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions.

Current services include:

Contact us to learn more about how rehabilitation services can benefit your pet.


Phillip Biele, LVT, CCRP

Phillip Biele, LVT, CCRP

Phillip Biele grew up on Long Island, New York and graduated from Suffolk County Community College, with a degree in veterinary technology in 1999. His experience ranges from working as an anesthetist at the Animal Medical Center in NYC where he was first introduced to canine rehabilitation (physical therapy). He furthered his training working at Veterinary Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group in Maryland. He joined Ballston Animal Hospital in 2012 and obtained his certification in canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. His areas of interest are orthopedics, osteoarthritis management, sports medicine and pain management.


Physical Rehabilitation

Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS) and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS): uses a low-level electrical current to disrupt the normal pain perception pathways. It releases endorphins into the body to relieve pain and inflammation.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES): uses a low-level electrical current to decrease swelling. Allows muscle contraction after an orthopedic or neurological injury.


Class IV Laser Therapy

Ballston Animal Hospital is excited to offer the many benefits of Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy to our patients. Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment that has been shown to reduce pain, inflammation and speed healing.

How It Works

Using a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damage, laser energy induces a biological response in cells which increases blood flow to the targeted area, stimulating the release of pain-relieving hormones.

A non-invasive handpiece is used to deliver the laser light to the affected area. It works by delivering the laser light through a noninvasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel gentle and soothing warmth during the treatment, which can last 3-30 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area and the condition being treated.

Conditions Treated

Laser therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Wounds, cuts, and bites
  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Pain relief from surgery and tooth extractions
  • Post-surgical healing
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease,
  • Periodontal disease
  • Lick granulomas
  • Geriatric issues
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Feline acne
  • Tendonitis and arthritis
  • Otitis (ear disorders)

To find out if laser therapy might help your pet, schedule a consultation online or by calling 703-528-2776.

Helpful Resources

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