How does Laser Therapy 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 cause changes in the damaged tissue on a cellular level. This process is called photo-bio-modulation. In short, the laser helps to stimulate cellular activity. Blood flow is increased and important nutrients are delivered to the target tissue. At the same time, harmful chemicals associated with inflammation and tissue damage are decreased.
What conditions could benefit from laser therapy?
Therapeutic laser treatment can help pets with musculoskeletal injuries, skin diseases, acute or chronic pain, and chronic diseases of many types. Some examples include ruptured cruciate ligament, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, osteoarthritis, infected wounds, and kidney failure. It has been proven to hasten recovery from many surgeries, particularly orthopedic procedures.
Dr Thorpe is experienced in designing laser treatment protocols for individual pets with a variety of conditions. She uses a Class 3B laser, which is one of the safest, gentlest and most effective lasers available.
What should I expect?
For acute injuries or illnesses, laser treatment is recommended 2 – 3 times weekly for 2 weeks, then weekly for several weeks. Many pets with chronic illnesses are maintained with laser treatments once to twice monthly. Most laser treatments take 10 – 20 minutes and most pets find the treatment relaxing and comforting.
Laser treatment can be used along with most medications and other treatments. It often speeds healing and can decrease the need for long-term medications or even surgery. 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.