Features August 2013 Issue

Veterinary Applications of Laser Therapy

Acupuncture Points and Trigger Points: Traditional Chinese acupuncture points are stimulated by a focused laser beam, used solely or in combination with acupuncture needles, to produce a systemic effect; high doses of laser therapy may be used to deactivate trigger points (hyperirritable spots that induce pain elsewhere in the body) found in muscle, ligaments, tendons, and periosteum.

Anti-Inflammatory: Creates vasodilation, activates the drainage process of the lymphatic system, reduces the mediators that incite irritation.

Bone Repair: Improves healing times after trauma or orthopedic surgery (can be used over metal hardware).

Duncan receives a laser treatment on his arthritic front paws.

Infections: Viral, fungal, bacterial (laser therapy stimulates the immune system).

Intraoperational Procedures: Can be used during surgery to directly affect damaged tissues.

Musculoskeletal System: Sprains, strains, fractures, ruptures, disorders, degenerative conditions.

Neurological: Remediation of peripheral nerve injuries and spinal cord lesions; improves nerve function; accelerates nerve regeneration.

Oral Problems: Gingivitis, stomatitis.

Pain Management: For acute or chronic conditions, especially beneficial in reducing pain from arthritis and neurological pathologies; can reduce or eliminate the need for pharmaceuticals in certain cases.

Skin Conditions: Ulcers, dermatitis, lick granulomas, burns, hot spots, pressure sores.

Tissue Healing: Accelerates cellular reproduction and growth, reduces inflammation, swelling and formation of scar tissue, prevents tissue damage and death.

Wound Healing: Induces cellular proliferation; increases formation of new blood vessels, activates collagen (the protein necessary for tissue replacement and repair) and DNA synthesis; prompts growth factor release; reduces wound closure time; increases breaking strength of the wound.

Comments (3)

this article was helpful - my Rottweiler had a torn bicep tendon and arthritis in her elbows. She was lame for over 6 months and the ortho vet said it was a slow healing injury. A local vet has a rehab clinic and started her on underwater treadmill, exercises and laser. In just 2 visits she was up and around with minimal pain. we will continue weekly therapy for 5 more visits, then monthly for maintenance. Cost is very reasonable in our area.

Posted by: Margaret E | August 8, 2013 12:29 PM    Report this comment

Our 12 year old Newfoundland has had good results with laser therapy for arthritis in her lower back in conjunction with acupuncture. She is treated by a veterinarian who has specialized training in both.

Posted by: CHRISTINA R | July 24, 2013 8:20 PM    Report this comment

Interesting...just took my toy poodle to a vet who used this on my pet for dermatitis. She also prescribed a Chinese remedy. We'll see how she does...

Posted by: Unknown | July 22, 2013 10:20 PM    Report this comment

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