What is laser therapy and how does it work?
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a painless and gentle treatment that can reduce pain and inflammation, as well as promote healing. In therapeutic laser treatment, photons (light) penetrate the skin and help to heal inflamed,  damaged or diseased tissue. Blood flow is increased and important nutrients are delivered to the target tissue.

What conditions can benefit from laser treatment?
Therapeutic laser treatment can help pets with musculoskeletal injuries, skin diseases, acute or chronic pain, and chronic diseases of many types. It has also been proven to hasten recovery from many surgeries, particularly orthopedic procedures. Examples include, but are not limited to:

* Arthritis; degenerative joint disease; hip dysplasia
* Spinal cord injury or degeneration; disc disease
* Peripheral nerve injury such as facial palsy or limb paralysis
* Acute or chronic wounds
* Urinary or fecal incontinence

Laser therapy for Geriatric and Hospice Patients
It would be difficult to find a geriatric or hospice patient that would not benefit from laser therapy. Many of these pets suffer from problems with pain, mobility and poor appetite. In addition, laser treatments can be can be helpful in patients that are unable or unwilling to take oral medications.

What should I expect?
In most cases initial evaluations will take 60 – 90 minutes and will include a review of your pet’s previous medical records and x-rays (if provided), a complete physical and myofascial exam as well as the first laser treatment. Depending on the condition, treatments may be recommended once twice weekly for several weeks and then once to twice monthly. Most laser treatments take 20 – 30 minutes, and most pets find the sessions comfortable and relaxing.

Dr. Thorpe most commonly uses laser therapy in conjunction with other forms of physical medicine, such as acupuncture and massage. If you think your pet could benefit from laser therapy in the comfort of your home, contact Dr. Thorpe at Sage Veterinary Services.