Veterinary Canine Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Sports Therapys

Quality of Motion, Quality of Life

Services

V-Crest offers a complete range of rehabilitative services and designs specialized care programs according to the needs and history of your dog. We use a combination of state-of-the-art rehabilitative technologies, manual therapy and exercise to provide your pet with the most comprehensive care available. Our use of multiple modalities ensures better treatment outcomes and provides for greater flexibility when customizing a program to a patient's particular needs.

At V-CREST, we are focused on the integral role that movement plays in your dog's overall quality of life. Our goal is to get your pet back in motion and help him/her restore and maintain optimal function. We use a combination of state-of-the-art rehabilitative technologies, manual therapy and exercise to alleviate pain, increase range of motion, aid with healing, and improve strength and agility.


Benefits

Benefits

Who Can Benefit From Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitative care can help address a whole host of conditions and health issues, including:

  • Post-operative recovery from procedures like fracture repair or hip, stifle, or back surgery
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Non-surgical back conditions
  • Chronic pain from arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Dysplasia
  • Geriatric issues
  • Movement difficulties
  • Performance issues for canine athletes, including conformation dogs, agility and sport dogs, and field trial or working dogs
  • Tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries
  • Neurological conditions
  • Decreased muscle mass or muscular imbalance
  • Enhancing and maintaining overall wellness


Therapeutic Modalities

The Initial Consultation
In your first appointment, we begin with a thorough evaluation of dog to assess their condition and to formulate a treatment plan. After obtaining a complete medical history, we perform a full orthopedic and neurologic examination of your dog. We evaluate movement and function with a gait analysis and lameness assessment and by testing range of motion in all the limbs. We fully palpate the dog, looking for any heat, swelling, inflammation, or other abnormalities. An overview of the whole dog, beyond just the perceived physical complaint, is essential to build a successful strategy for care.

After the exam, we explain our findings with you, discuss a recommended treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have. We also provide you with a home exercise and care program for your dog designed to complement your office visits. When you leave our office following your first consultation, it's important to us that you to have a better understanding of your dog's physical condition and confidence in their course of treatment. Throughout your dog's treatment over subsequent visits, we carefully monitor progress and adjust care as necessary to achieve the best results.

Underwater Treadmill
Underwater Treadmill Our temperature-controlled underwater treadmill allows a dog to experience active muscle contractions with minimal impact on joints and bones. A patient who has difficulty bearing weight can stand and exercise in the buoyancy of water. There is also an increase in circulation to muscles, improved joint motion and decreased joint pain. The underwater treadmill is ideal for post-operative patients, obese pets or athletes in training.

Electrical Stimulation
Electrical stimulation causes involuntary muscle contraction by applying a controlled current to motor nerves. The benefits of e-stim include improved muscle tone, increased range of motion, pain control, edema reduction and accelerated wound healing.

Low-Level Laser Therapy
Low-Level Laser Therapy Low-level lasers - also known as "cold lasers" - can be used to decrease inflammation and increase endorphin release, which, in turn, helps alleviate pain. They also aid with tissue repair, wound healing and increasing vascularization. Low-level lasers are non-invasive, painless, and completely safe when used by qualified individuals. Since they don't increase skin temperature, they present absolutely no risk of burning to your pet.

Therapeutic Ultrasound
Therapeutic ultrasound is used to warm muscle groups, which allows for increased range of motion and more effective stretching. It can also be used to decrease pain and muscle spasms.

Cryotherapy and Heat Application
The application of cold or heat can help control inflammation, edema, swelling and pain.


Manual Manipulation Therapy

Exercises
We use a variety of exercises and equipment to treat problem areas from multiple angles. We can develop specialized exercise programs to help a patient improve balance, increase strength and overall conditioning, bear weight on an injured or weakened limb, correct physical imbalances, lengthen stride or increase active range of motion.

Massage
Massage The focused soft tissue manipulation of massage can yield a wide range of benefits, relieving areas of stiffness and immobility, reducing pain, improving blood and lymph circulation, stimulating the immune system, restoring muscle tone, and decreasing stress. While it's gentle and non-invasive, massage has a profound effect on the body because it directly impacts a number of different systems—musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous - simultaneously. Massage also carries a significant positive psychological effect for most dogs which makes it particularly advantageous when a physical issue has been exacerbated by stress or anxiety.

Stretching
The goal of stretching is restore normal muscle length by extending a muscle or muscle group to their fullest extent. By taking the muscle beyond its normal range of motion in a controlled manner, stretching can help restore function that has been impaired due to injury, surgery, inactivity or other conditions.

Passive Range of Motion
Passive Range of Motion focuses on returning flexibility and mobility of the joint by taking the patient through their available range of movement.

Physio-rolls/Physio-balls
Physio-rolls/Physio-balls These round, inflatable balls provide support while encouraging the dog to place weight on an area that requires conditioning.

Balance Boards
Assisted exercises on a balance board helps a patient improve balance, build strength and sharpen proprioception, which the body's internal awareness of where how its limbs are oriented in space.

Cavaletti Rails/Gait Training
Cavaletti Rails are horizontal poles raised off the ground which the dog must step over to negotiate. By the adjusting the rails, we can adjust a dog's stride to help zero in on specific issues.

About

V-CREST is a veterinary practice dedicated exclusively to canine rehabilitation, exercise and sports therapy.

We offer a comprehensive range of rehabilitative services customized for the unique needs of your pet. Whether your dog is recovering from an injury, dealing with an ongoing condition affecting its mobility, or a canine athlete in need of conditioning, our mission is to help them realize their full potential.

Rebecca Fulton VMD, CCRP | Owner/Founder
Dr. Rebecca Fulton has been practicing comprehensive care as a veterinarian since receiving her VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Her passion for rehabilitative medicine and canine athletics inspired her to obtain her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She founded V-CREST in 2009 as a full-service veterinary rehabilitation and sports therapy practice.
Mary Alice Tolen, PT, CCRP
Mary Alice Tolen has been a Physical Therapist for over 25 years. Her background includes spinal cord injury, orthopedics, sports medicine, geriatrics and private practice. She is passionate about health, fitness, spinal care and well-being. This passion, along with her love of animals and in particular dogs, inspired her to bring her knowledge as a physical therapist to the canine world. She completed her Certification Program in Canine Rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee, Veterinarian College in 2012. She now enjoys rehabilitating both dogs and humans.
Karen Collins, VMD, CVA, CVCH | Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist
Dr. Collins is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and has been in practice nearly 30 years. For the past 10 years, the main focus of her practice has been Chinese medicine--Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. She is certified in both of these treatment modalities by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Florida.

Dr. Collins has found the “whole animal” approach to healing and wellness to be both gentle and powerfully effective. She also incorporates nutritional support and gentle acupressure taught to the caregivers. She embraces and has studied energy medicine of various types, including Reiki, Healing Touch for Animals, and Flower Essences.

Dr. Collins will work with you to develop a treatment plan appropriate for your pet’s needs. Each animal is an individual with unique needs. For example, many dogs with arthritis respond within 3 acupuncture treatments that are given once a week. This means that they have a significant level of improvement in comfort and mobility. Once this goal is achieved, then the treatments decrease in frequency to find the appropriate interval for that patient at that time in their life. Dr. Collins will keep your family veterinarian updated about your pet’s treatment and progress.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that has been proven to maintain wellness, prevent disease and treat many conditions. Acupuncture uses very fine needles placed at specific points on the body. These needles elicit a physiologic response that can relieve pain, alter blood flow and stimulate the endocrine and immune systems. Acupuncture and Herbal medicine can be employed as sole therapies or as complementary therapies to conventional medical, surgical and rehabilitative treatments.

    There are many disorders that are commonly improved through treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, including these:
  • Pain, Stiffness, Decrease in mobility
  • Weakness
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease---back pain, ataxia, paralysis
  • Wobbler's Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Vestibular Disease
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, including loss of appetite (anorexia), vomit, diarrhea
  • Chronic Bronchitis and upper respiratory infections
  • Cancer--suppression of tumor growth and support of immune system
  • Autoimmune diseases such as anemia and low platelets
  • Chronic kidney disease

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Shayna Rodriguez, CVT, CCRP
Shayna has been a part of the field of veterinary medicine since 1990. She has worked in shelter medicine, holistics, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and routine vet care and surgery. Through the years, she developed a passion for canine rehabilitation.

Shayna attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Canine Rehabilitation Certification. She started and successfully ran an animal rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania before joining the staff at V-CREST. She is also currently persuing a certification in canine massage. Shayna is a Certified Weight Coach with Purina.

She volunteers with HSUS vaccine clinics and also donate therapeutic massage to active and retired race horses.

Shayna shares her home with two amazing kids, her husband, four dogs, seven cats, two large birds, two chinchillas, one ferret and a bearded dragon. All of her animals are rescue animals and have found their way into her home through the years.
Lisa Madison
Lisa Madison earned her degree in small animal massage from Northwest School of Animal Massage and is board certified in canine massage. She has studied Veterinary Technology at Camden County College and Canine Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee.

Testimonials

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae, our three-year-old bullmastiff, suffered a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) and lost the use of her right hind leg and tail. The only way she could stand and walk was with me lifting her with a sheet under her belly. As bad as her condition was, I was concerned that it might get worse and she might lose the use of her other hind leg.

My veterinarian recommended rehab and physical therapy. I knew Dr. Rebecca Fulton through her work with the Delaware Valley Bullmastiff Rescue, so I contacted her immediately. Rebecca referred me to a veterinary neurologist who confirmed the FCE diagnosis and that rehab was rehab was the best course of action. Rebecca came up with a treatment plan and gave me a clear understanding of what Maggie Mae's prognosis was and what she would need for an optimal recovery. She provided me with an at-home exercise plan as well as a harness I could use to lift Maggie Mae more easily.

Rebecca and Lisa Madison took excellent care of Maggie Mae during our visits, using a combination of therapies: manual manipulation, balance work, low level laser therapy, and the underwater treadmill. I saw a difference in her by our third visit. After about eight visits, we were so excited to see her wag her tail for the first time since she experienced the FCE! At first, when Rebecca and Lisa put her in the underwater treadmill, they needed to move her leg with each step to help retrain her to use it. After six sessions in the treadmill, Maggie Mae started to walk on her own.

Fewer than 30 sessions later and Maggie Mae is walking, wagging and playing with other dogs in a way I wasn't sure she ever would again. Because of the nature of her injury, she will never regain 100 percent of her old function, but I'm not sure she knows the difference. She's leading a full and happy life. Maggie Mae loves coming to V-CREST and adores Rebecca and Lisa. I greatly appreciate the compassion and topflight care that Maggie Mae has received at V-CREST. I know I can always count on Rebecca and Lisa for their expertise and integrity.

S.K. Calkins | Owner of Maggie Mae


Thank you, Dr. Fulton and Lisa, for being there when we needed you. It was great to have your expertise and kindness nearby for treating Sooty's biceps tendonitis, and even better to have the laser, ultrasound, and underwater treadmill, along with all the wonderful rehab advice, while Gracie recovered from her TPLO. She had her final check-up at VOSM today and was cleared for all her normal activity. I'm sure her recovery would not have gone so smoothly without your help. Thanks again and good luck with the new facility!

Donna Ellis and the Schipperkes.


March 28, 2012, I thought my little golden boy's life, as he knew it, was over. While playing outside he put on the brakes and jackknifed his back which caused an injury that left him paralyzed in his rear legs. He spent six days in the hospital and when he was released I was given instructions to get him physical therapy. I was told about V-Crest. Our very first visit to V-Crest he could not walk at all and had to have his hindquarters supported. Dr. Fulton used laser therapy, manipulation of his legs and spine and water therapy. While in the underwater treadmill he started moving his hind legs in a swimming motion. Within about three weeks he was walking. In about four months he was able to climb the furniture and the bed again! With every visit there was improvement! He chases after the rabbits, he runs, he rolls, plays in the snow, AGAIN! This would not of happened if it wasn't for V-Crest, Dr. Fulton and Lisa. Their knowledge of physical therapy and their patience, calmness and their love for the animals is beyond anyone could hope for. We would not have made it this far without Dr. Fulton and Lisa. Oh, Antonio would do anything for their treats.

BGF

Directions

V-CREST is a 30 minute drive from downtown Philadelphia and is easily accessible from NJ-42, I-295, NJ turnpike.

V-CREST

708 E. Main St. | Moorestown, NJ 08057
PH: (856) 986-7297

From
I-295:

Take Exit 40 (traveling Southbound) or Exit 40B (traveling Northbound), stay to the right and take the right-hand turn lane.
Turn right on Marter Ave.
Go through the first light.
Turn right on E. Main St.
Destination is on the right

From the NJ Turnpike:

Take Exit 4/Rt. 73 N. toward I-295/Camden/Phila.
Merge onto I-295 N. and follow directions above for I-295 Northbound

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