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Laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, stimulates nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair. For those of you unfamiliar with this technology, here are the five W’s (and “How”) of laser therapy:
What: a painless, safe, non-invasive treatment for dogs and cats that uses infrared light which penetrates deep into tissues – it causes an increase of blood flow, an immediate release of endorphins, cells to produce more energy, and improvements to the health and function of the cells –
How: The technology is photobiotherapy, which is a laser beam of invisible light sent into cells where it is absorbed, increasing circulation, and drawing water, nutrients and oxygen to the injured area.
Who: laser therapy can help pets with:
- osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or joint pain
- ligament sprains, muscle strains, neck and back pain or post-surgical pain
- puncture wounds, chronic wounds, burns, edema and congestion
- post-orthopedic surgery recovery, post-traumatic injury and rehabilitation
- skin conditions, gingivitis, ear infections and inflammation, cystitis and sinusitis
Where: Therapy takes place in our office and is done by our technicians, who have been trained to provide this treatment. It can be done on many parts of your pet’s body, from infected ears to painful hips.
When: The condition being treated and the number of treatment sites determines the schedule of therapy. Post-surgical incision therapy is generally a one-time, brief session. Some acute conditions may only need one or two treatments. More chronic conditions may require anywhere from three to eight sessions, with some requiring periodic maintenance sessions to control pain. These sessions can last anywhere from five to forty-five minutes.
Why: Laser therapy can be used in conjunction with medications and other treatments to control pain and promote healing. There are no known side effects, it reduces healing time, and it may decrease the need for surgery and medications.
Harbor Road is pleased to have Class IV therapeutic laser treatment as part of our patient care. In fact, we routinely integrate laser therapy into our treatment protocol for spays, laceration repairs and dental extractions.
To watch a video about laser therapy, please click on this link: http://www.litecure.com/companion/for-pet-owners/