What Is Cold Laser Therapy And How Does It Work?
Cold Laser, also referred to as Low-Level Laser or Class IV Laser Therapy refers to a form of laser therapy that stimulates cell regeneration and increases blood circulation. It employs deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process also helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace. It can reduce pain by reducing inflammation through "vasodilation" (the opening of blood vessels) and by activating the lymphatic drainage system, thus draining fluid from swollen areas. Less swelling, less fluid means less pain. These features allow cold laser to provide a non-invasive, pain-free treatment that is adjunctive or complimentary therapy for a variety of conditions. Benefit can be seen with just one treatment (more comfortable, less painful) but results are cumulative, so several treatments may be required for the best outcome. The length and frequency of treatments vary by condition, so work with your veterinarian to devise an appropriate treatment schedule for your pet.
What Types Of Conditions Are Treated with Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold laser therapy is very helpful during postoperative recovery, for arthritic conditions, and to aid in chronic or deep skin wound healing. Many cold laser therapy patients are senior animals with musculoskeletal ailments. In our practice the application is primarily for dermatologic conditions but some of our senior patients are afforded the opportunity for this therapy as well. Cold laser therapy can be used to treat a multitude of ailments, including:
- Chroinc ear disease
- Acute or chronic poorly healing open wounds
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Back pain
- Arthritis / hip dysplasia
- Degenerative disc disease
What Can I Expect At My Pet's Laser Therapy Appointment?
Laser treatment for pets is totally pain free. As the laser is administered, your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth, tingling, or no sensation at all. The laser wand will be held directly over the affected area for a prescribed period of time. There is no pain associated with the treatment and most pets will relax during the procedure. The almost immediate relief of pain also reduces anxiety and some pets actually fall asleep during their session. Cold laser therapy has no known side effects and is considered both safe and effective.
If you are interested in learning more, please give us a call. Our knowledgeable, compassionate veterinary team can help answer any questions you may have. Make an appointment for your canine companion to begin experiencing the benefits of laser therapy today!