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Samantha Wong, DVM, CVA, CCRP Practice Limited to Integrative Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Samantha Wong, DVM, CVA, CCRP

Dr. Samantha Wong was born and raised in New York City. She received her BSc. in Animal biology at McGill…

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Patients are seen by appointment for all Specialty Referral Services

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246 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

Physical Rehabilitation Services at GSVS Eatontown

GSVS is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for Emergency/Critical Care. No Appointment Needed for Emergencies.

Introducing the Integrative Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at Garden State Veterinary Specialists

At Garden State Veterinary Specialists, our Integrative Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation department uses a multi-disciplinary team approach in every patients’ care providing advanced veterinary diagnostics and treatments. This allows our patients to benefit from the availability of each departments’ expertise. Our Emergency/Critical Care team is available to see Integrative Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation patients 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year. They are available to work in tandem with Dr. Wong and our other specialty teams, if needed.

Integrative Sports Medicine at GSVS Eatontown

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine allows for the combination of well-researched conventional medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies to achieve the maximum appropriate care for each patient. Adjunctive treatments may include acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, and dietary and herbal supplements. Integrative medicine is best employed primarily when traditional medications are not working and are contraindicated because of possible side effects or when surgery is not feasible. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) theory, disease is an imbalance of energy in the body. The theory is based on balancing the energy (Yin & Yang), thereby imparting improved health and healing. It is now being utilized by an increasing number of veterinarians, alongside Western medicine, for various disease conditions. Acupuncture causes an endorphin release along with many neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture also increases circulation, relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, and stimulates the body’s defense system, among many other beneficial effects.

What is Sports Medicine?

Canine sports medicine is concerned with injuries sustained by canine athletes and working dogs. This includes their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The field encompasses an understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, exercise physiology, orthopedic medicine, sports conditioning, internal medicine, neurology, nutrition, and integrative medicine. A sports medicine specialist is able to incorporate nutrition management, conditioning, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. 

Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation

Physical Rehabilitation is the management of physical and cognitive impairments that affect disability throughout a patient’s life span. The focus of rehabilitation is on the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of physical function. Rehabilitation specialists are able to provide functional assessments to identify pain or loss of function caused by a physical injury, disorder, or disability and develop customized treatment plans to each patient’s specific needs to reduce pain, improve movement, and restore normal motor control, function and performance. 

Integrative Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services Offered at GSVS

  • Consultation with a residency-trained sports medicine and rehabilitation veterinarian for cats, dogs, and exotic species
  • Assistive devices (carts, orthotic braces, prosthetic) consultations (Measurements, casting, and fitting for custom devices)
  • Custom home exercise plans
  • One hour or half hour rehabilitation treatments with canine rehabilitation nurses
  • Integrative Medicine: Acupuncture & Nutraceuticals/Supplements
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Manual therapies
  • Telemedicine Consults: Geriatric/Palliative Care and Weight Management Nutrition counseling
  • Biologic Therapies: Stem Cell, Platelet Rich Plasma and Joint Injections
  • Pain Holidays: short-term hospitalization with IV pain medication
  • State-of-the-art facility with underwater treadmill, land treadmill and fully equipped exercise gym
  • Cold and class IV laser therapy
  • Objective gait analysis
  • Cold compression and heat therapy 
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy
  • Myofascial therapy
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound

What We Treat

Gait Abnormalities

  • Functional mobility problems: stairs, sitting, getting into a car
  • Balance problems
  • Endurance limitations

Orthopedic Issues

  • Joint conditions
  • Congenital limb deformities
  • Post-surgical treatments/protocols
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Sprains: ligaments and tendons

Neurologic Issues

  • Post Surgical treatments and home care
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Cognitive decline
  • Degenerative disease
  • Vestibular disease
  • Nerve trauma
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