When you think of lasers, what do you think of?
Lasers have many different wave lengths and uses. From the simple laser pointer that you tease your cat with, to the powerful lasers used in surgery to everything in between. Cold laser therapy uses specific wavelengths that allow penetration of tissues, but does not damage them. Laser therapy helps to modulate the body’s pain response, decrease inflammation, accelerate tissue repair, cell growth, and stimulates stem cells.
How do we use laser therapy in veterinary medicine?
Laser therapy is used to help accelerate wound healing. We have used it for a number of cases in the clinic and have seen, first hand, the benefits of using it in wound healing. In addition, laser therapy can be used to the relieve pain and inflammation of arthritis. We have used laser therapy for relief of arthritis in several of our patients and have been very happy with the results. In addition to arthritis, we have used laser therapy for dogs with intervertebral disc disease. We have used the laser on two patients who were paralyzed and with laser therapy and medications alone, have regained the use of their hind limbs. Other uses of laser therapy are for post operative incisions to aid in healing and decreasing inflammation, gingivitis, ear infections, and skin infections.
Laser therapy is a great modality alone or as a part of a therapy regime. Laser therapy is very safe, however, is contraindicated in areas of cancer and pregnancy. Depending on the condition, one session or multiple laser session maybe necessary for treatment or maintenance of the condition. If you feel your pet may benefit from laser therapy, feel free to contact the clinic for more information.