Complement your patient programs with CPR services.
CPR provides an extension of care beyond capabilities of most veterinary practices. We will provide patients with a complete range of rehabilitation and/or wellness options.
CPR is a referral-only business, and your referrals are greatly appreciated!
Carol A. Jurca, PTA, CCRP is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) since 1988.
Carol acquired her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, and completed an internship at the University of Illinois in the Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation Department.
Caine Physical Rehab Staff
Carol Jurca, P.T.A., C.C.R.P.
Becky Osterfund, D.V.M.
Erin Vest, V.T.
Shoreline Aquatic Treadmill
Jog-a-Dog Inclined Land Treadmill
Steps, ramps, Cavelleti rails at various heights
Physical Therapy Balls
Advanced pain relief now available! Laser therapeutic effects - during each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved. Initial loading dose for the K-laser is typically 3 x the first week, 2 x the second week, 1 x the third week, and boosters as needed. Commonly treated conditions with the class 4 K-Laser:
Edema and Congestion
Ligament Sprains (ACL)
Neck and Back Pain
Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery
Exercises designed to improve: Range of motion, Strength, Endurance, Proprioception and Balance.
Weight bearing, Muscle Girth/Reverse Atropy.
consisting of: Range of Motion, Stretching, Massage.
Treatable Conditions at C.P.R.
Hip dysplasia, pelvic fractures, coxofemoral luxation.
Cranial cruciate ligament rupture, patella luxation, fractures, and OCD.
OCD, tendon and ligamnet injuries, and aftewr fracture repairs.
Bicipital tenosynovitis, OCD, contracture of the infraspinatus muscle, fracture stabilized and other muscle, tendon and ligament conditions.
Elbow luxation, elbow dysplasia, tendonitis, and OCD.
Hyperextension injuries, and muscle, tendon and ligament conditions.
Degenerative myelopathy, degenerative lumbosacral stenosis, cervical spondlyomyelopathy (wobbler's syndrome), fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy (FCE), intervertebral disc disease at various spinal levels after surgical stabilization, or an injury to a nerve in the trunk or a limb.
Senior Dog Conditioning
Dogs are living longer and arthritis comes along with that package. When arthritis worsens pain is increased, walks become shorter, muscles become weaker, endurance decreases, if the owner is feeding the same amount of food, then a gradual weight gain occurs - causing more stress and strain on already painful and weak joints. Our senior conditioning program address the pain issue with Alpha Stim Microcurrent, massage, range of motion by therapist and with gym exercises. As the pain and inflammation decrease, low impact exercises are slowly increased, strength and endurance build, walks become gradually longer, quality of life improves, and the dog acts happier and is able to participate more with the family.
Other Various Conditions
Soft tissue injuries, gait abnormalities, after limb amputation to improve gait and balance, after trauma (stable), joint instability, obesity, arthritis, and general wellness & conditioning programs.
Benefits of Canine Rehabilitation
Strength, range of motion, muscle girth (reversal of muscle atrophy), joint stability, weight bearing, endurance, circulation and improved walking.
Pain, inflammation, edema, healing time, limping and weight (if overweight).
Benefits of the Aquatic Treadmill
Benefits of the Aquatic Treadmill
Buoyancy offering decreased stress on painful joints, walking with resistance to improve strength and endurance, passive hip extension improves stride length, and walking in the water causes greater stifle and elbow flexion. Water temperature is 92 degrees, life vest is used and the height of the water and speed of the belt is dialed in to achieve optimum gait quality. Water level to the hock = 10% reduced weight bearing. Water level to the greater trochanter = 60% reduced weight bearing.
Contraindications to Canine Rehabilitation
Unstable medical conditions (fracture not stabilized, infections, unstable cardiopulmonary condition).
ASMC is essentially an artificial current of injury to signal the body to begin the healing process y polarity correction. Negative polarity is essentially for the healing process to begin and continue. ASMC increases ATP levels by 500%. Injury, anesthesia and TENS units decrease ATP levels significantly, which greatly slows down the healing process and leads to chronic conditions.
Indications to use ASMC
Any injury either orthopedic or neurological, pain reduction, inflammation, arthritis, sprains, strains, fracture repair, improving circulation, treating infections, anxiety and OCD reduction. ASMC is very beneficial to use right after orthopedic or neurological surgeries to reduce pain, inflammation, and edema. ASMC is also used to speed the body's ability to heal itself and to improve function. Improvements are obvious on the first application after orthopedic surgery with increased weight bearing due to pain reduction. Improvements with neurological patients after IVDD surgical intervention by reducing edema, improving neurological function by stimulating dermatomes, spinal cord and brain stem.
Contraindications to ASMC
Pregnancy and pacemaker. This unit has been used on people for 30 years, and in 2000, thanks to Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, she designed and implemented veterinary applications with the ASMC device.
How well is this unit tolerated by dogs?
Very well since the ASMC device is sub-sensory and has a relaxing effect, and shaving the dog is not required.
Cost of Treatment Sessions
The initial rehabilitation evaluation performed by Carol A. Jurca, PTA, CCRP is $95 and lasts about 90 minutes. This evaluation will consist of a static force plate analysis, gait analysis, palpation and range of motion of limbs and trunk, accessing tone and muscle tightness and quality of joint movement. The owner is present throughout the evaluation and remaining sessions, and the owner is issued a detailed home exercise program with written instructions and photographs of the exercises to increase the owner's understanding and subsequent daily compliance of daily exercises.
Canine Physical Rehab is owned and operated by Carol A. Jurca, PTA, CCRP (Physical Therapy Assistant since 1988, and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner since 2007.); one of very few Certified Canine Rehabilitation practitioners in the state of Illinois. Carol combines her strong orthopedic and neurological background with a love for dogs to bring pets and owners another option to just cage rest and medication for dogs afflicted from a variety of conditions. With a total canine wellness philosophy, Canine Physical Rehab offers many programs including skilled rehabilitation of orthopedic and neurological conditions, and senior dog care including conditioning and arthritis therapy. The goal is to improve the lives of all patients (and their owners too).