Coddingtown Veterinary Clinic offers a relatively new treatment option to the United States known as laser therapy. This form of therapy has been utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses, and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
Laser Therapy or “photobiomodulaton” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, decreased swelling, and increased range of motion. Laser (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation) light interacts with tissues at a cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the release of nitric oxide that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
Studies have shown that Laser Therapy can help with:
- Ligament Sprains
- Puncture Wounds
- Post-Surgical Pain
- Hip Dysplasia
- Chronic Wounds
- Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery
- Joint Pain
- Edema and Congestion
- Muscle Strains
- Post-Traumatic Injury
- Neck and Back Pain
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after the treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes, Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of treatment.
Our clinic is dedicated to helping pets and finding new, effective, non-evasive methods of treatment. We offer laser treatment packages as well as individual treatment prices for clients wanting to pursue this service in pain management for their pets. Call and set up a consultation to find out how Laser Therapy may benefit your pet!