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Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine



Name: Shinto

Age: 13 Years Old

Breed: Shiba Inu

Diagnosis: Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE), a blockage in the blood vessels of the spinal cord. An FCE typically results from an injury to the spinal cord caused by jumping or landing awkwardly. The part of Shinto’s spine that was affected was localized to the T3-L3.

Goals from IVRSM: Rebuild back and rear leg strength, Regain flexibility, Reduce discomfort at the injury area.

Favorite hobbies: Nose work school/competitions, chasing squirrels, playing with tug toys and naps, of course, jumping and exploring.

Short story:  Shinto injured his back about 1-1/2 years ago. His therapy started with an underwater treadmill, acupuncture, and chiropractic. As Shinto began to recover his strength, laser treatment was added to help the healing process. After several months, Shinto stopped Acupuncture and continued with treadmill, laser, and chiropractic. After a little over a year of this therapy routine, we are happy to report that Shinto has regained most of his original strength and flexibility, he’s still a very happy and youthful 13-year-old puppy that still loves to run and play. Shinto now only receives Chiropractic and laser treatment once a month as maintenance. We are very grateful to the doctors and staff at IVRSM for all they have done in helping us in Shinto’s rehabilitation.