Laser therapy is a painless procedure using infrared laser light to promote healing and reduce pain. Laser therapy is not new, it has been used in Europe by physical therapists, nurses, and doctors since the 1970's. The FDA approved the use of laser therapy in 2002. At Seminole Trail Animal Hospital, we use a Class IV, cold-laser called K-Laser.
Laser therapy works by interacting with tissues at the cellular level causing increased metabolic activity within the cell and improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. The production of cellular energy is increased and leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health. During each treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. An optimal healing environment is created reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments, this does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
If you have any questions about laser therapy, or if you believe your pet would benefit from this treatment, please give us a call.