At Allatoona Animal Hospital our veterinarians may offer laser therapy to help treat you animal for a number of issues. Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely used in Europe since the 1970′s and with FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is now being used extensively in the United States.
During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health. Laser Therapy is virtually painless, with some patients sensing a mild warming in the treated areas.
Laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved. Here is one of our patients enjoying laser treatment with Vanessa, one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. The top photo is another patient relaxing during his laser treatment with Dr. Wansky.
Laser therapy is used to treat a variety of issues including soft tissue injuries, tendon and ligament injuries, muscle tears and strains, sore muscles, degenerative joint issues, and wounds. Many patients experience greater comfort and mobility within 12-24 hours of treatment with a multiple treatment plan providing the greatest benefit.