Laser Therapy – Relief for Your Pet

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a painless treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light, creating therapeutic effects such as decreasing pain, inflammation, and swelling, and improving healing time. Cells absorb the laser light, which increases circulation, bringing oxygen, water and nutrients to damaged cells. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity.

Alternative to Medication

Because laser therapy is a non-invasive technique to help reduce pain and inflammation and speed healing, it can be safely used as a complement to or replacement for pharmaceutical drugs. Compared to standard medical options such as pain medications, laser therapy is virtually free of side effects. Also, the treatments work quickly. If a patient is going to benefit from the use of the laser technology, we will notice some sort of increase in range of motion, decreased pain, or some positive effect within about three to five treatments. Therefore, the patient does not have to undergo an extremely long treatment plan before we decide if it is going to work for them.

How is Laser Therapy administered?

Laser therapy treatments last between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy initiates a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment. The pet will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered, so most pets tolerate it very well, even becoming quite relaxed during the treatment.

Applications of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy has a multitude of applications for both acute and chronic conditions, such as arthritis pain, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc (back) disease, post-operative pain and healing, open wound healing, ear infections, and many more. This modality is used by professional athletic trainers in the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, FIFA and the Olympics, as well as many universities (e.g. UC Davis, Michigan State University, Colorado State University, etc.).

We are very excited about our new Class 4 Therapy Laser and how well this technology works on reducing pain and swelling, and speeding healing. If your pet has an inflammatory or painful condition, please give us a call to find out more, or set up an appointment for laser therapy.  Palomar Animal Hospital, Vista, CA

by Jennifer Nissen, DVM