Countryside Animal Hospital is excited to announce that we are now offering Laser Therapy!
About K Laser
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light ( red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
What to Expect
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them.
Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit. for most conditions, we recommend a multi – visit treatment plan.Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
Class IV laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition. A sample treatment schedule is as follows:
- Every other day for one week (3 total)
- Twice the second week (2 total)
- Once the third week ( 1 total)
- Boosters as needed.
Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pets condition.
Reintroduction to activity
Laser therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion.
Often the pet will exhibit renewed energy and freedom of movement. Consult your veterinarian before your pet returns to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to insure the patient does not aggravate the condition.
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.
During laser therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
If you feel that your pet is a candidate for Laser Therapy please call for a consult today.