What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared modality that reduces inflammation, resulting in pain reduction. It is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain. It is a clinically proven modality in both human and veterinary medicine.
How does it work?
The laser treatment is administered via a hand-held device by a trained doctor or technician. Photons (packets of light energy) are sent deep into the tissue, and are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells, inducing a chemical change called photo-bio-modulation. This is painless and does not harm the tissue. The light energy causes an increase in production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the cells. ATP is the fuel cells need for repair and rejuvenation, so increased ATP production leads to a faster regeneration of healthy tissue.
Are there any side effects or dangers?
There are no known side effects with this treatment. Looking at the laser light can be harmful to the eyes, so all humans and animals must wear protective goggles or other eye covers during the treatment. Our trained technicians will make sure your pet's eyes are protected.
Can Laser Therapy be used with other treatments?
Is it painful or uncomfortable?
On the contrary! The laser light is non-invasive and provides a gentle and soothing feeling of warmth. Many pets relax and really seem to enjoy the sensation. Some even fall asleep during treatment.
How many treatments are necessary?
It depends. After most surgical and dental procedures, we perform one treatment on the surgical incision(s) or gums to promote healing and decrease pain and inflammation in the days following the surgical procedure. This treatment is usually done only one time. For a wound, such as a cut or bite, several treatments a few days apart may be indicated to promote faster healing. For post-orthopedic surgery recovery, a series of ten or more treatments may be prescribed, and for chronic conditions, such as arthritis, pets may benefit from longer-term treatment. Your veterinarian will help determine the best course of treatment for your pet.