Low Level Laser Therapy at Fox Valley Cat Clinic
Q: What is low-level laser therapy?
A: Also known as cold laser, low-level laser therapy is a form of light therapy used to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain management. The laser uses focused red, blue and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of your pet’s skin. The biochemical effect of the low-level light increases the production of cellular energy and thus promotes cellular regeneration, production of collagen for tissue repair, and promotes circulation. Light from the low-level laser also encourages production of the body’s natural pain-relievers.
Q: Can low-level laser therapy be combined with other types of veterinary medicine?
A: Low-level laser therapy is often combined with other types of treatment. Because low-level laser decreases pain and enhances circulation, the doctor may choose to use the cold laser in conjunction with other forms of therapy to enhance the benefits of those therapies. In general, low-level laser therapy integrates well into a treatment plan that utilizes either traditional or alternative forms of veterinary medicine. Low-level laser therapy can be used in patients that would benefit from acupuncture therapy, but will not tolerate needle application.
Q: How safe is low-level laser therapy?
A: Low-level laser therapy is very safe. Although the term “laser” may conjure up images of the high-powered version used in surgical settings, the low-level laser causes no temperature change to the patient during or after the treatment and there is no risk of burning. Protective eye wear is not required during application of the Class 1M low-level laser however one should not look directly at the laser light. Laser therapy should not be used in certain patients: those that are pregnant or that have cancer, as it stimulates cell growth and does not differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells.
Q: How many treatments will my pet require?
A: Because low-level laser therapy has a cumulative effect, for best results, treatments should be done at the frequency recommended by Dr. Flatley. The number of treatments will be based on your pet’s individual condition, but expect at least three treatments to be performed.
Q: How can my pet benefit from low-level laser therapy?
A: If your pet has sustained an injury, has a non- healing or infected wound, or suffers from arthritis or other painful conditions, they may be a candidate for low-level laser therapy. The low-level laser not only speeds the healing process but affects the overall quality of the repaired tissue. Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries require increased collagen production for successful healing and the low-level laser stimulates this function of the body. The light also increases circulation in pets that may have limited movement. Pets experiencing pain from their condition may find relief from cold laser treatments. The biochemical effect of the low-level laser boosts the body’s production of endorphins. Low-level laser therapy is another great way to treat the source of the pain, thereby making it less likely that your pet will need additional pain reducing medication
Q: What conditions are most often treated with low-level laser therapy?
A: Low-level laser can be used to treat a myriad of conditions such as musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains) and arthritis. It also helps to release tight muscles, stimulate nerve regeneration, decrease inflammation and aid in pain management. Low-level therapy is also beneficial for infected wounds and to stimulate acupuncture points.
It is often very beneficial in many chronic conditions seen in geriatric patients.
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