Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

This service is available at:
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is an emerging branch of specialty veterinary medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions. It combines the traditional functions of physical therapy and rehabilitation with medical and surgical intervention and limb replacement prosthetics, braces and other assistive devices. The specialty was designed to meet the unique needs of athletic and working animals in need of rehabilitation, but is of course equally valuable and accessible to family pets and weekend athletes of all shapes, sizes and ages.

knee brace on dog to provide support for ACL tearRehabilitation medicine aims to decrease pain, improve healing, enhance performance, prevent compensatory injuries, restore functional ability and maintain an excellent quality of life. Rehabilitation veterinarians specialize in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, neurologic injuries, sports medicine, osteoarthritis, pain management and treat illnesses that affect movement. This is achieved via interventional and regenerative medicine and traditional physiotherapy.

Our team at Mass Vet will customize a program for your pet that may consist of a combination of interventional, regenerative medicine, and traditional physiotherapy. Our goal is always to manage or restore functionality in order to maintain an excellent quality of life for your pet.

Your wellness goals for your pet may range from managing chronic disease, to surgical recovery, to non-surgical treatment of orthopedic injury or neurologic disease. The needs of each patient are unique and treatment plans are customized. We hope you will consider us to be a partner in your pet’s recovery process.

Together we will establish a comprehensive approach to achieving your goals for your pet.

  • Improving mobility
  • Managing pain
  • Conservative management of orthopedic disease
  • Post-operative rehabilitation,
  • Improving strength and endurance
  • Managing weight loss
  • Returning to sport (or work, or doggie day care, or regular play)

balance board to improve muscle and balanceBenefits

  • Quicker Return to Function
  • Reduction in Pain & Inflammation
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Prevention of Other Injuries

Common Diagnoses

  • Cruciate Ligament Rupture
  • Intervertebral Disk Herniation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibrocartilagenous Embolism
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
  • Muscle & Tendon Injuries
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Obesity
  • Tick Paralysis
  • Age-related Ailments


Diagnostic and Interventional Optionsagility dogs and sports medicine

  • Therapeutic Intra-articular Injections
    • SCT (Stem Cell Therapy)
    • PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
  • Diagnostic & Therapeutic Arthroscopy
  • Magnetic Field Therapy
  • Dietary management, medications and supplements

Physiotherapy Modalities


Helpful Links

24 Hour Emergency & Specialty

Boston West Veterinary Emergency and Specialty

Natick, MA 01760


Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

Latham, NY 12110


Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Woburn, MA 01801


Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital

Portsmouth, NH 03801


General Practice, Emergency & Specialty

Bulger Veterinary Hospital

Lawrence, MA 01843
ER: 978.725.5544 GP: 978.682.9905