At Hope Springs, we strive to continually remain on the cutting edge of superior treatment options for our patients. We are pleased to provide therapeutic laser for your pet as a painless method for treating pain and inflammation, as well as a means to stimulate tissue repair and growth and accelerate healing.
K Laser (Class IV) is currently used in effectively treating humans as well as pets with great success and exciting results. Therapeutic laser utilizes specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to improve healing time, reduce pain, increase circulation and decrease swelling. Approved by the FDA in 2002, laser therapy has long been used in Europe by physical therapists and doctors and is now commonly used as a safe and effective means of supporting your pet's holistic healing process.
Therapeutic laser treatment for pets provides lasting, beneficial effects on both the cellular and therapeutic level. During a therapeutic laser session, the infrared laser light interacts with tissue on the cellular level, thereby increasing metabolic activity and improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This stimulates increased production of cellular energy resulting in improved cellular function and health. At the same time, laser energy works to increase circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the affected area, creating an optimal healing environment within your pet's body. As healing functionality is continually improved, your pet will experience reduced inflammation, swelling, stiffness and pain, eventually returning injured or damaged areas to a normal, healthy state.
Laser therapy provides several outstanding biological effects, including:
- Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
- Improved Metabolic Activity
- Improved Vascular Activity
- Improved Nerve Function
- Stimulation of Nerve and Acupuncture Points
- Faster Healing Process
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
Therapeutic laser treatments are most commonly used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including:
- Joint Pain
- Wound Treatment
- Hip Dysplasia
- Neck and Back Pain
- Post Surgical Pain
- Post Traumatic Injury
- Ligament Strains and Muscle Strains
Once you've chosen therapeutic laser as a treatment option for your pet, our veterinary doctors will create a specialized treatment plan for your pet's unique condition. Most pets find therapeutic laser treatments to be comforting and peaceful, and do not require any sedation, restraint or hair clipping. Generally, therapeutic laser treatments are conducted in a series, providing cumulative healing and relief for your pet. Depending upon your pet's specific condition, treatment frequency and length will vary, with most sessions lasting an estimated 4 to 8 minutes.
Often, your pet will begin to feel the relieving effects of laser therapy after 3-4 treatments, with some pets finding relief after just one treatment. Because therapeutic laser treatments provide a cumulative effect on your pet's specific condition, each pet will experience improved results differently. Oftentimes, laser therapy will be used in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities to increase treatment effectiveness, including physical rehabilitation, massage, soft tissue mobilization, and electrotherapy.
Contact our office to discuss therapeutic laser treatment options for your pet. Our veterinary doctors are happy to answer any of your questions, and support you and your pet on the way to a safe and pain-free recovery.
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