We at Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital are very concerned about pain management in pets. In keeping with this theme in our hospital, we have added the latest technology for joint and soft tissue pain problems, a "K-Laser" for Laser Therapy. This Laser reduces inflammation in joints and soft tissues which dramatically reduces pain. More importantly, though, is that Laser therapy is "biostimulatory". This means it actually aids in repairing the damaged tissues and therefore improves strength and provides greater mobility. And there are no side effects!
Laser Therapy Can Help With:
Treatments last 3 to 8 minutes per site and require no anesthesia. Your pet will be very comfortable as this laser produces only a soothing warmth in the inflamed tissue. Laser Therapy for chronic conditions can require 5 or 6 treatments initially to get your pet to a very comfortable situation. Booster treatments are then required every 3 to 4 weeks to maintain the reduced pain and improved mobility.
Even if your pet is currently on a drug to reduce swelling and/or pain, we wanted you to know about this new therapy. Has your pet shown an intolerance to the drug or has your pet shown incomplete pain reduction? Is your pet still having difficulty getting around? Then your pet is a candidate for this therapy. Please call one of our office, or talk to one of our veterinarians about this exciting, new, technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
Has Effectiveness Been Demonstrated Scientifically?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How often should a patient receive laser therapy?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many laser therapy treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before results are felt from laser therapy?
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.
What to Expect
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to your pet. 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:
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