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Laser therapy is an innovative new technology used to treat acute and chronic injuries. The noninvasive treatment stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the targeted area. This is used to accelerate the healing process following surgery, alleviate joint pain and treat degenerative diseases.
How it works
Low-level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cellular mass, producing a structural protein called collagen that is used to repair tissue. Lasers continue the healing process by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation releases the body’s own pain-relieving hormones, generating mild pain-management properties.
The process generally takes between five and ten minutes, and the majority of patients see positive effects after three to five sessions. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours after the session.
Conditions benefited by laser therapy:
- Hip dysplasia
- Postsurgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
- Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
Low-level laser therapy is normally combined with other types of veterinary medicine, including pharmaceutical regimens and alternative therapies. The broad biochemical benefits and lack of adverse side effects have made laser therapy the preferred postoperative rehab method in veterinary medicine.
If you would like to know more about laser therapy, please contact Wignall Animal Hospital.