1. WHAT IS LASER THERAPY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Laser therapy is a therapeutic treatment that uses light energy (photons) for tissue healing and pain reduction. The light energy penetrates deeply into damaged cells and stimulates cellular activity. As a result of exposure to the laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves. Light energy enters damaged cells and stimulated inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.
Integrative Veterinary Services utilizes the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser, which was developed in an effort to produce an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, inflammation, and edema, exceeding the limits of traditional LLLT (low power) and concerns of HP (high power) laser therapy.
2. WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON INDICATIONS FOR THERAPY?
The most common laser therapy indications are pain relief, intevertebral disc disease, degenerative joint disease, arthritic conditions, muscular/skeletal system trauma, and inflammatory conditions.
3. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LASER THERAPY?
4. WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT?
Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that lasts seconds to minutes depending on the condition and area being treated. Some patients may feel a comfortable warm sensation in the area being treated, while other patients may not feel the laser. There is no pain, heat, redness or swelling during or after treatment.
5. WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Most patients experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 2 to 10 sessions. Any swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one phase of treatments, and chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. The effects of Laser Therapy are cumulative; therefore, expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your veterinarian or symptoms are likely to reoccur.
6. HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE USUALLY NEEDED TO GET RESULTS?
Results can often been seen after the first treatment. Most conditions have protocols that range from 2-10 treatments. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks.
7. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR LASER THERAPY?