Laser therapy has been a recognized treatment for human pain problems for some time, but it is a relatively new procedure for pets. Less invasive and less costly than surgery, it has proven its value in resolving a number of painful and debilitating conditions in animals.
Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light energy to enter damaged cells and stimulate inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. It is painless and lasts an average of three minutes per treatment. Most patients see positive results in one to three treatments. Chronic conditions can be managed with regular monthly treatments and there are no known negative side effects.
Among the benefits of laser therapy are the relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis, and acute pain, such as trauma or injury. It stimulates healing of damaged tissue, reduces inflammation, improves local blood circulation and speeds recovery of the injured region.
Commonly treated conditions include arthritis, sprains and strains, tendon and ligament injuries, and post-surgical recovery. Ask Dr. Fitzpatrick if you think your pet might benefit from laser therapy.