Most efforts to manage pain by Chinese medically trained veterinarians involves them first trying to analyze the type of ‘Bi’ syndrome the animal has, and then hoping they’re right as they implement the relevant treatment. In small animal medicine, however, we are at a point where we understand how to treat these disorders without exhaustive Chinese medical diagnosis.
Certain breeds and conditions almost invariably display the same seasonal incidence and clinical presentation, allowing us to quickly and accurately select from a very short list which treatments are likely to help. Veterinarians can get excellent results using Chinese medicine in musculoskeletal disorders with their biomedical knowledge alone.
This talk will review some of the most commonly encountered pain disorders in small animals, their typically effective treatments and some sample cases. The mechanisms of action of these treatments will leave the participant with a deeper understanding of the physiology behind these disorders from both a Chinese and western perspective, which can then provide a focus for a truly integrative approach to pain management using physical therapy, diet, chiropractic and herbs.