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1 March 2015 PHYSICAL THERAPY AS AN ADJUNCTIVE TREATMENT FOR SEVERE OSTEOARTHRITIS IN A KOMODO DRAGON (VARANUS KOMODOENSIS)
Tammy Culpepper Wolfe, Elizabeth Stringer, Sue Krauss, Tim Trout
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This case report describes a new physical therapy technique, specifically the Wolfe Kinetic Technique™, as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of severe osteoarthritis in a 20-yr-old Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). This animal was managed with oral analgesics for 3 yr with fair to minimal response over time. Due to worsening of lameness and mobility, physical therapy was initiated. Ten treatment sessions were administered at 1-wk intervals. Within 1 mo the Komodo dragon exhibited marked improvement in gait and function, increased responsiveness to his environment, and increased mobility which continued to improve over the subsequent sessions. Although outcomes could not be measured by standardized objective measures, this study provides a reference for treatment of future cases and a foundation for future research substantiating treatment practices in animal physical therapy.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Tammy Culpepper Wolfe, Elizabeth Stringer, Sue Krauss, and Tim Trout "PHYSICAL THERAPY AS AN ADJUNCTIVE TREATMENT FOR SEVERE OSTEOARTHRITIS IN A KOMODO DRAGON (VARANUS KOMODOENSIS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46(1), 164-166, (1 March 2015). https://doi.org/10.1638/2014-0103R.1
Received: 29 May 2014; Published: 1 March 2015
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