Cold Laser Therapy is also known as low-level laser therapy. Cold Laser Therapy is a treatment that uses a low-powered laser that produces little to no heat to treat pain, injuries, and various medical conditions.The laser is applied directly to the surface of the skin, or it can be held just above the skin surface if direct contact is too painful for the dog. Another benefit to Cold Laser Therapy is that it is not necessary to shave the fur in the region of treatment. The laser can be set for shallow or deep tissue penetration for different time periods of treatment, depending upon the condition that is being treated.
The beam of the laser consists of wavelengths with photons that penetrate into the tissue. The photons are absorbed by cells that are not properly functioning due to injury or disease. The photons help to initiate cellular processes by increasing the productivity of ATP (the energy source for cells). This increases overall cellular function, allowing for more rapid absorption of nutrients, elimination of wastes, and reproduction of new cells. This results in faster healing and recovery times and other positive benefits.
Conditions commonly treated with Cold Laser Therapy Include:
- Nerve injury
- Hip Dysplasia
- Joint, Ligament, and tendon injuries
- Muscle sprains or strains
- Post-trauma and Post-surgical wounds
Treatment time and regimens will vary patient-to-patient. Often times, Cold Laser Therapy includes multiple administrations within the first week or two of treatment, followed by weekly or monthly treatments, until a veterinarian determines that the condition has adequately improved. While laser therapy can make big improvements as a stand-alone treatment, it is most beneficial when used in conjunction with other treatment methods. (ie. acupuncture, chiropractic) One of the best things about Cold Laser Therapy is there are no known side effects. If you have any questions, or want to know if laser therapy could help your pet, please contact us!