How Pet Laser Therapy Can Alleviate Pain and Speed Up Recovery
New advancements in post-operative recovery, pain management, and treatment options for age-related conditions have enhanced traditional treatment options and encouraged faster healing. Cold laser therapy is one such technology that has had incredible benefits where we once relied on scalpel surgery and medication alone.
While laser therapy may sound a little “sci-fi”, many pet owners are happy to learn that this form of treatment is non-invasive, pain-free, and effective. Because there are no side-effects, it can be safely used in conjunction with other pain management modalities.
So, you might wonder what laser therapy is, exactly, and how it can help your pet…
How Laser Therapy Works
Class IV Laser treatment works through applied light energy called photons that are emitted through a handheld wand. Through the application of this light, changes occur on a cellular level that enhance healing through increased blood flow and the production of endorphins and serotonin. This process helps to reduce inflammation and encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
One of the many great aspects of laser therapy is that it does not require sedation or an IV. The only thing required is the use of eye protection for your pet (imagine aviator goggles!) and 8-10 minutes of time. During the treatment, the laser will oftentimes produce a warm sensation that some pets even find relaxing.
Conditions Treated by Cold Laser Therapy
An incredible outcome of laser therapy is its immediate efficacy in pain management – with many pets experiencing pain relief with the first treatment. For pets suffering with age-related joint degeneration or arthritis, this can make the difference between chronic pain and increased quality of life and renewed mobility.
Laser therapy is also a successful form of treatment for acute and chronic conditions, such as:
If your pet has been diagnosed with disorders related to muscle, joint, bone, or skin health, or is living with chronic pain as a result of aging, we invite you to come in for a consultation. There are many advantages for your pet’s expedient healing and overall quality of life, which may only require a few simple laser treatments.
To learn more, please schedule an appointment to discuss cold laser therapy and how your pet might benefit from this powerful form of treatment.
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