Laser therapy is an innovative technology used to treat acute and chronic injuries. It has been successfully used to accelerate the healing process after surgery, alleviate joint pain, and treat degenerative diseases.
How it works
Laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cells, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue to promote healing by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation also releases the body’s own pain-relieving hormones.
The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with most patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.
Conditions improved with laser therapy include:
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
- Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
Laser therapy is normally combined with other types of veterinary medicine like pharmaceutical regimens and alternative treatments. The broad biochemical benefits and lack of adverse side effects have made laser therapy the preferred post-operative rehab method in veterinary medicine.
If you would like to know more about laser therapy, contact us at 770-954-1414.
Laser therapy is more affordable and cost-effective than you might think. And our Perfect Wellness Plan™ members receive an additional treatment discount.
Laser Therapy FAQs
Does laser therapy hurt?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than 20 years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment time is 3 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Chronic conditions may require 5 to 8 or more treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
Your pet may feel improvement (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for several treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative, and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes! Laser therapy is often used with physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and massage.
How much does it cost?
Laser treatment costs vary depending on your veterinarian-recommended treatment plan for your pet. Individual laser treatments are around $40. You can save money by purchasing a package of six treatments for a discounted price. If your vet recommends extended treatment and maintenance use of laser therapy, we also offer affordable cost-effective plans: 1 zone (area) six months unlimited, 2-3 zone six months unlimited, 4+ zones six months unlimited and one-week unlimited treatments for acute conditions like snake bites.
Our Perfect Wellness Plan™ members receive a 10% discount on individual, 6 pack, and weekly treatments. Please call us or discuss your treatment plan with your vet for an estimate.