WHAT’S NEW AT PAVG?
by: Vicki Schroeder
One of the most exciting aspects of veterinary medicine is watching the development of new technologies that expand the ways we practice veterinary medicine. One of the emerging technologies in both human and animal medicine right now is therapeutic laser treatment.
Laser therapy is an FDA-cleared modality that reduces inflammation and that results in pain reduction. Laser therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain.
Just as people receive physical therapy after an injury, physical rehabilitation has become an option for your pet as well. After surgery for problems such as torn ligaments, broken bones or ruptured disks in the spine, your pet can be placed on a specific laser therapy therapeutic program to help him or her recover from surgery faster. These types of rehabilitative therapies, along with others, aid in the success of the surgery and your pet’s overall well-being.
Almost any painful or inflammatory condition can be treated to some degree. Some of the common conditions being treated in veterinary patients are wounds, infections, hot spots, lick granulomas, cystitis, disc disease, joint disease, arthritis, hip dysplasia, sinusitis, periodontal disease, gingivitis, and surgical incisions.
Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Treatments to deeper tissues are administered in 5 to 10 minutes. Typically, even chronic patients exhibit improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.
We are excited to be able to integrate this new technology into our practice!