David Prydie to head up sports medicine and osteoarthritis clinics at new Fitzpatrick centre.

Fitzpatrick Referrals has announced the launch of a new sports medicine and rehabilitation centre at its referral centre in Surrey.

A dedicated rehabilitation centre has been running at Fitzpatrick since the practice opened at Eashing in 2007, offering advanced facilities for small animal rehabilitation in the UK and has now extended the offering to include sports medicine clinics and osteoarthritis clinics.

It will be the largest centre of its kind in the country.

Building work has been completed and David Prydie, one of the UK’s leading small animal rehabilitation practitioners, has been appointed to head up the practice’s sports medicine and rehabilitation offering.

Managing director Noel Fitzpatrick said: “While the new centre will continue to treat animals that have been referred to Fitzpatrick Referrals for surgical procedures, we will now offer new dedicated sports medicine and osteoarthritis clinics, of which there are currently only a handful in the UK. This will provide referring practitioners and clients with a new range of options for dealing with sports injuries and the on-going management of osteoarthritis.

“For the first time, minimally invasive arthroscopic investigation and advanced diagnostic imaging with MRI and CT will be available side-by-side with a team of clinicians who truly understand the unique anatomy, physiology and exercise demands of working and sports dogs and who adopt an integrated approach to achieving maximum mobility for dogs of all ages. “

Speaking about the types of cases the new centre expects to treat, Mr Prydie said: “We expect to see cases where there are specific injuries that the canine athlete is prone to, and which require specialist knowledge to identify and treat. Our goal is to help the dogs return to their performance event as soon as possible. We will also be offering advice on training regimes for the various activities.

“The centre will offer a new osteoarthritis clinic, treating osteoarthritis in all ages of dog using a multimodal approach such as weight management, exercise regimes, physiotherapy techniques and use of tools such as the therapeutic laser.”
He concluded: “There is a wealth of experience already present within the practice and I will be working with Noel and the other surgeons to develop our offering in sports injury management and also with Professor Stuart Carmichael in the development of osteoarthritis management schemes.”

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