Therapeutic Laser Treatment
Therapeutic laser is a non-invasive, pain-free, and drug-free treatment used for a variety of conditions that can be performed in conjunction with existing treatments. Used for many years to treat world-class athletes and thoroughbred racehorses, BRVC’s veterinarians routinely prescribe laser therapy to treat patient injuries, help surgical incisions heal more quickly, reduce pain, and improve patient mobility.
Laser therapy uses deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation. This process helps relieve pain through the release of endorphins and stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace. Laser-treated wounds typically heal 33%-50% faster than the time required for normal healing. In addition to promoting faster healing of traumatic and surgical wounds, laser therapy is used to treat muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, ear infections, hot spots and open wounds, and anal gland infections.
Chronic conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back disease, and injury, or degenerative joint diseases typically respond well to therapeutic laser treatment. More severe cases may require a series of treatments to realize the full benefits. Laser therapy diminishes pain by reducing inflammation through vasodilation (the opening of blood vessels) and also by activating the lymphatic drainage system. The result is a reduction in swelling which decreases pain. The laser also stimulates nerve cells that block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain and, as noted above, stimulate endorphin production which further counteracts pain.
Therapeutic laser treatment is totally pain-free and very comforting. As the laser is administered, pets may feel tingling, a gentle warmth, or no sensation at all. It is also drug-free, which is especially important for patients who may suffer medication side effects. In addition, laser therapy is an excellent way to assist older pets who often have aches, pains or decreased mobility. Our doctors will advise if they believe your pet may benefit from therapeutic laser treatment, performed by trained members of our veterinary care team. He or she may recommend a single treatment or series of treatments and will review progress with you on a regular basis.