Veterinary Laser Therapy Services in Pennsylvania
Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain and drug-free treatment that can be used to treat a variety of conditions. This can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols or in some cases alone. Relief can be noticed within hours or can require a series of sessions, depending on the treatment performed.
Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from surgery, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
Laser therapy can be used as:
- Treatment for arthritis, degenerative joint disease or hip dysplasia
- General pain management for sprains, strains and stiffness
- Post surgery pain such as spays, neuters, declaws and other surgeries
- Dental procedures
- Skin problems such as hot spots, lick granulomas, infections
- Relief from fractures, wounds, bites, abrasions, burns and lesions
- Ear infections
How does it work?
There is a vast body of research supporting the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM). For PBM to occur, a therapeutic dose of light is delivered to impaired or dysfunctional tissue, which leads to a cellular response mediated by mitochondrial mechanisms that reduce pain and inflammation and speed healing.1 There are a number of factors that can help maximize the amount of light that reaches target tissue, including: proper wavelength selection, sufficient laser power, reducing reflection off the skin, and minimizing absorption by molecules not involved in photobiomodulation.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment times range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how many areas are treated during each session. Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects with this treatment.
When can I expect to see improvement?
Results will vary between animals and depend upon the condition being treated. Chronic pain conditions such as severe arthritis may take 4-6 treatments before you notice your pet is moving more comfortably and seems more active. Acute conditions such as a painful ear infection may improve immediately after a single treatment.