All About Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Art City Vets has a Class IV 980/810 nm wavelength laser, designed to maximize photon penetration and absorption into tissue. Absorbed photos can alter cellular and tissue physiology, called Photobiomodulation. Light absorbed by cellular components stimulates electrons and activates cells to promote growth, proliferation, migration, and repair.
Photobiomodulation primarily works by causing vasodilation of the area treated, which increases blood flow to the region. General effects include decreased inflammation, reduced pain, improved wound healing, as well as muscle relaxation and endorphin release. Photon absorption also increases the production of ATP, which is the energy molecule of cells.
The most common diseases treated with therapy laser are acute wounds (traumatic and surgical) and chronic arthritis. It can be a helpful therapy for patients who aren't easily managed with medications, such as cats or dogs where NSAIDs are not able to be used safely or are not providing enough comfort.
Therapy laser is administered during a treatment session, usually lasting 15-30 minutes. A handheld laser wand is slowly moved over the treatment area, producing a warm sensation. Most pets are very comfortable and relaxed during the session.
Treatments for chronic disease (like arthritis) often involve weekly sessions at first, but the frequency can typically be reduced over time. Acute conditions, such as wounds, can benefit from daily sessions.
Most patients are good candidates for laser therapy, though there are a few situations where it may not be appropriate. The laser should not be used on or near eyes, or any areas of malignancy (cancer).
If your pet is an established patient at Art City Vets, let us know if you would like more information from one of our veterinarians about therapy laser options!
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