Physiotherapy for Post-Operative Patients


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Course Summary

This 50 minute eCPD tutorial on physiotherapy management and intervention for post-operative patients includes:


  • Fracture repairs and ligament reconstructions (surgical patients)
  • Hemi-laminectomy to relieve disc compression of the spinal cord (neurological patients)
  • Pneumonia (critical care patients)


The challenges and goals for surgical patients include:


  • Maintaining joint range of motion and muscle length to ensure the patient returns to the fullest level of function
  • To improve strength and balance using specific exercises
  • To improve stamina by pacing the rehabilitation programmes


The challenges and goals for neurological patients include:


  • Maintaining joint range of motion and muscle length, this is crucial in recumbent patients as joints can become inflamed leading to stiffness, muscles can become imbalanced resulting in tight / short flexors and weak extensors resulting in a patient who may have the ability to ambulate, but doesn’t because he has developed preventable joint and muscle secondary changes.
  • Neurological patients tend to recover voluntary motor function, then strength and finally balance. The lecture will outline the stages of rehabilitation for early, mid and late stages, to return the patient back to the highest level of function.


An accurate patient assessment of the respiratory patient is essential to establish an effective treatment plan. The webinar with guide you through physiotherapy assessment, treatment and outcome measures for patients with:


  • Atelectasis
  • Retention of secretions (pneumonia)
  • Ventilation / perfusion (V/Q) mis-matching
  • Hypoxaemia
  • Pain

Course Tutor

Donna Carver  BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy, DipAVN (Surgical), RVN, MCSP


Attendance Certificate

This tutorial is worth 50 minutes of CPD.


Course Notes

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This eCPD tutorial is worth 50 minutes of CPD.


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Donna Carver

BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy, DipAVN (Surgical), RVN, MCSP


Donna qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1993, whilst working in a busy small animal practice. She then took up the position of head nurse in this practice and gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 1998.


In 2000 Donna joined the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Services (R (D) SVS) as a surgical nurse.  From 2002 Donna was employed as an emergency and critical care nurse, and whilst studying for a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy (2009). Donna then returned to the R (D) SVS in 2009 as a physiotherapist / veterinary nurse.


Since May 2011 Donna has been employed at the Glasgow University Veterinary School, with the Pain and Rehabilitation service providing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to small animals.


Donna has given many physiotherapy lectures at local level for the Scottish British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), at national level for BSAVA and at international level for the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).  Donna is the author of Practical Physiotherapy for Veterinary Nurses, published by Wiley in 2015.

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