• Pet Laser Therapy

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Laser therapy

LASER therapy

LASER Therapy is a common physiotherapeutic modality widely seen throughout veterinary practices in the UK today. Primarily, LASER therapy is indicated for use of wound healing or in dentistry, however recent studies have proved its ability to treat on a rehabilitative basis.

LASER is an acronym shortening Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation; suggesting that LASER light is attained through manipulation of the light spectrum. LASER light is monochromatic and coherent allowing it to have such powerful effects. The photons present in the light travel only in one direction and exhibit only one wavelength; hence only one colour (red) being emitted. Many clinicians see the therapy as an attractive alternative due to its non-invasive nature when compared with NSAIDs or steroid injections.

LASER is delivered by a mobile unit that takes into consideration the weight, condition, skin colour and condition it is treating, as well as different probes being available for differing sizes of dog and contact required.

Within a treatment protocol, LASER will target:

a. The site of injury to promote healing, repair and reduce inflammation.
b. Lymph nodes to reduce oedema/swelling and inflammation.
c. Nerves to induce analgesia/pain relief.
d. Trigger points to reduce tenderness and relax contracted/tight muscles.

LASER therapy is recommended for many conditions an animal may suffer including, but not limited to:

  • Pain relief
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle tonicity
  • Wound healing
  • Nerve damage
  • Tendon/ligament/muscle damage
  • Fracture healing
  • Lick granuloma

Benefits of LASER:

  • Fast, efficient relief
  • Tolerated well by animals
  • Reduces the need for any more medication or steroid injection
  • Results are seen very quickly
  • Cheaper intervention than surgery

Greenside offer a state of the art Class 4 Litecure Companion LASER unit for treatments.

Please contact the practice if you feel this would be beneficial for your animal.

Referral

Veterinary laser therapists work under veterinary referral, meaning that a vet must refer the animal for laser therapy. This can be achieved by completing one of our referral forms, which can be found and submitted online or sent to the veterinary practice directly. They must be completed and signed by the animal’s existing veterinary practice. Direct enquiries will also be responded to promptly.