Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effect. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling after injury, surgery or chronic pain. 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. Treatment 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)
Treatments as needed
Your Veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.
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 of inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects of associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all of 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 long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.