Painless technique promotes healing
Low-level laser therapy uses light to treat pain from arthritis, injuries or orthopedic surgery.
Low-level laser therapy—also called cold laser therapy, Class IV laser therapy or photobiostimulation—uses light frequencies to reduce pain and inflammation. Laser therapy can also increase blood flow and stimulate cell regeneration for faster healing. The procedure is safe, non-invasive and painless. In fact, many pets relax and seem to enjoy the treatment.
What can low-level laser therapy help?
Low-level laser therapy has been shown to help a wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions and can be used to help speed recovery after surgery. It is also useful for reducing a pet’s dependence on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain medication, such as Rimadyl and Dermaxx. Laser therapy is especially helpful in making the senior years enjoyable for pets with health issues. Laser therapy is used for:
- Anal glands
- Bone fractures
- Chronic wounds
- Ear infections
- Edema (fluid build-up) and congestion
- Hip dysplasia
- Hot spots
- Joint pain
- Lick granulomas
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains and other injuries
- Musculo-skeletal abnormalities
- Nerve regeneration after surgery
- Post-orthopedic surgery recovery
- Post-surgical neck pain
- Puncture wounds
- Skin conditions
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Spinal disc problems
What to expect
Laser therapy is delivered via a massage ball or light wand, which is moved over the area to be treated. Treatments usually last about 15 minutes, and it is not necessary to sedate your pet. For chronic conditions, most pets typically receive at least six treatments. We start with a treatment every other day during Week 1; followed by a treatment every third or fourth day during Week 2; and one treatment during Week 3. We may recommend a once-a-month follow-up treatment for maintenance. We will develop a treatment plan to meet your pet’s specific needs.
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