Laser therapy – new approach to pain relief

Laser therapy – new approach to pain relief
March 18, 2017 kernow

Laser therapy can help to relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of movement.

What is laser therapy?

The laser we use delivers specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light which induce a therapeutic effect within the body.   These include increased circulation, decreased swelling, reduction of pain and aiding tissue repair.   This painless application of laser light helps to draw oxygen and nutrients to the treated area due to the increase in circulation.   The aim of this is to create a better healing environment – this helps to reduce inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.

How often should a patient be treated?

A really acute condition could need daily treatment but for more chronic problems less frequent treatments appear to work better.   Normally treatments are given initially 2 to 3 times a week then tapering to once every week or 2 as improvement is seen.

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the problem being treated.   Normally, for most chronic problems, 6 treatments are sufficient.   Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before the results are felt?

Your pet may feel improvement with pain reduction after the first treatment.   Sometimes though they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments.   This does not necessarily mean that nothing is happening.   Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

Does it hurt?

There is little or no sensation during treatment.   Occasionally the patient feels a mild, soothing warmth or tingling sensation.   Areas that are very inflamed or painful can be sensitive briefly before the pain starts to reduce.   We encourage owners to stay with their pet throughout the treatment.   They can then see how relaxed the majority of animals under treatment can be.   There is no sedation or restraint needed.

Can it be used in conjunction with other treatments?

Yes.   It is quite often used alongside medication or other pain relief treatments such as acupuncture and hydrotherapy.   You can discuss all of these with the vet.

How soon can my pet go back to full activity?

While you pet may exhibit renewed energy after the first treatment, we advise talking to the vet before letting your pet return to full activity.   Often a gradual introduction of activity is advised to make sure the pet does not overdo things too quickly.   Too rapid introduction to full activity could aggravate the condition and cause a setback in recovery.

Next steps…….

If this is something you are interested in for your pet then please ask at reception so they can make  you an appointment to discuss it with one of our veterinary team.