Laser Therapy for Treating Chronic Pain
Grayling Hospital for Animals is one of the few veterinary hospitals in the area now offering laser therapy, a drug-free, surgery free alternative to pain relief for dogs and cats. This powerful, pain-free and non-invasive treatment uses modulated infrared rays to help reduce pain and speed the healing of inflamed or damaged tissues.
What are some of the conditions that can be treated with laser therapy?
- Arthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease
- Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Hip dysplasia
- Ulcerations and open wounds
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Back and neck pain
- Neuromuscular disease
How do I find out if it’s right for my pet?
If your cat or dog has limited mobility or suffers from chronic pain, laser therapy might help. Talk with us during your pet’s next physical exam – or schedule an appointment right now to discuss the treatment
How soon will my pet feel relief?
Because laser therapy is cumulative in nature, a series of visits is required to get the greatest benefit. That said, in many cases a degree of improvement will be seen after the first visit. In general, the majority of patients will show greater comfort and improved mobility twelve to 24 hours after each treatment.
Because the treatment is painless, anesthesia is not required, thus avoiding the associated risk and expense. For most patients, the therapy does not require sedation. Pets may go home immediately after treatment.
What does it feel like?
The treatment is entirely pain-free. The patient experiences a mild warmth or tingling sensation. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.
Will my pet need to have its coat shaved for the treatments?
In most cases, we do shave the treatment area. Hair in the treatment area may scatter or absorb the healing light, and dense coats may limit the contact of the laser probe with the skin.
Is it really safe?
The FDA has approved laser therapy for use in humans and animals. It is painless, non-invasive and non-addictive. Grayling Hospital for Animals takes appropriate precautions and provides specialized eyewear to protect the eyes of the patient, viewer and operator.
Tell me more about the science behind the treatment
Infrared laser light interacts with tissues at a cellular level, increasing metabolic activity within the cells and improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
As the photons of laser light penetrate deeply into tissue, the energy available to the individual cells increases. With more energy available, the cells are able to speed the process of absorbing nutrients and flushing out waste products, thus accelerating the growth and healing of tissue. Exposure to laser light helps repair tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Laser light also stimulates the development of fibroblasts, the building blocks of collagen, the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. This is why it’s so helpful in treating tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns and surgery.