LASER THERAPY AT KINGSBROOK ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Laser therapy uses L.A.S.E.R (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) to repair tissues. Laser therapy has been widely used in Europe by physical therapists, nurses, and doctors since the 1970s. Now, after FDA approval in 2002, laser therapy is being used extensively throughout the United States. It is non-invasive and painless, and there are no potentially dangerous side effects like those associated with some medications.
Therapeutic laser therapy via the laser provides energy in the form of light waves that change cellular metabolism, which affects the production of endorphins and relieves pain. In addition, injured cells stimulated with the laser heal at a faster rate. When used after a surgical procedure, the therapeutic laser reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Conditions that respond best to laser therapy include:
- Arthritic conditions, such as hip or elbow dysplasia
- Neck or back pain as in intervertebral disc disease
- Wound healing from either surgical or trauma
- Skin conditions such as lick granulomas, ear infections, and hot spots
- Soft Tissue injuries such as muscle, ligament and tendon injuries.
- Geriatric aches and pains such as degenerative joint disease
There is no patient sedation or restraint required, and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, the benefits of laser therapy are cumulative and most patients require several treatments for greatest benefit. We will work with you to determine a treatment plan for your pet’s specific condition.
Ask our veterinarians at your next visit or give us a call for more information on how Laser Therapy can help your pet.