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Patient of the Month October 2017 Homer Glen

Reese

“Reese was born June 1, 2013 and was part of a six-puppy litter.   All his litter mates compete in, and totally love, the game of agility. Reese is no exception.

Earlier this year we noticed that Reese was not performing as well as he once had.  A friend suggested taking Reese to Integrative Pet Care.  We chose to bring him to the Homer Glen location.

After the initial analysis, it was determined that Reese had a complex shoulder issue/injury.  Doctor Amber Ihrke and Valerie the therapist at the Homer Glen location devised a four-week plan that would strengthen and develop the shoulder.  By the end of the four-week session, Reese had a lot more flexibility and mobility in that shoulder and was very comfortable putting more weight on the affected area.

He is now back to competing in agility and looks great. We are very happy with everything that was done for Reese by the Integrative Pet Care team.”

– Bill & Linda, Reese’s parents

“Reese came to us for continued soreness with his shoulder that was hindering his ability to participate in agility.  His examination revealed decreased weight bearing on his right front leg and discomfort with his supraspinatus and biceps tendon.  He was diagnosed with a right supraspinatus tendinopathy.  Reese was treated with therapeutic ultrasound and therapeutic exercises.  After four weeks, he had improved weight bearing on his right front leg and the client had not noticed any lameness.  Today, Reese is back doing the activity he loves…. agility!”

– Amber Ihrke DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, Resident-ACVSMR

“Reese worked very hard at IPC and did everything we asked as long as a treat was involved. His dad was very dedicated to him and his exercise program. Together they were an amazing team and fun to work with.”

– Tiffany Helphingstine, CCRA

“Reese is a very sweet and quite guy who was up for anything as long as his dad was around to cheer him on. He was active in agility but had to take break due to a front limb injury. Reese and his dad were both hard workers which made working with them a breeze! With ultrasound, therapeutic exercises, and manual therapy Reese was able to continue to compete in agility with improving function of the front limb.”

– Katie Fitzgerald PT, DPT, CCRP

“Reese was a great patient!  He was a working dog that performed agility and he came to us because pain and lameness in his right shoulder.  After performing therapeutic ultrasound to provide deep heat to his shoulder, I used manual therapy to decrease the trigger points and pain and improve his range of motion.  Reese made great progress with his manual therapy and therapeutic exercise sessions.  Through the commitment of his owner to his home exercise program and rehab at IPC, Reese could return to his agility trials without any problems or re occurrence of his symptoms.  Reese now sees me monthly for manual therapy sessions to maintain his mobility and range of motion so he can continue to complete in agility without limitations.”

-Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Make a Difference

This month, Reese has asked you to check out Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue! You can learn more about them on their website at http://www.illinoissheltierescue.com/