K-Series Laser/Class IV Laser Therapy
What is it?
Advanced pain relief that is a non surgical, drug free treatment option. Laser Therapy or “photobiomodulation” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red or near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. FDA clearance occurred in 2002.
What to expect:
There is no sedation or restraint required. Improvement can be seen after one visit, but most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for the greatest benefit. Treatments last 2 to 8 minutes and are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments depends on your pet’s condition. There is little to no sensation during treatment and very few side effects have ever been reported (occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment).
Laser Therapeutic Effects:
During each painless treatment, 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.
Cellular Effect of Laser Therapy:
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 that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
What conditions can Laser Therapy help with?
- Joint pain tendinopathies
- Edema and congestion
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Puncture wounds
- Post-traumatic injury
- Post-surgical pain (including dental)
- Neck and back pain
- Hip dysplasia
- Chronic wounds
- Post-orthopedic surgical recovery
- Chronic ear infections and skin infections
- Speeds recovery of ear infections and lick gralulomas
- Speeds recovery of large wounds that must heal by second intention