Is Laser Therapy for Pets Effective?
Laser therapy for pets is a relatively new practice but it’s gaining popularity as more and more veterinarians are seeing positive results. Laser therapy can be effective in alleviating chronic or acute pain and decreasing inflammation. Let’s learn more about what laser therapy at Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville has to offer.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy for pets works similarly to how it does for humans. The laser emits light energy and photons into the damaged areas. These photons work at the cellular level to create photobiomodulation. This produces ATP, which is needed to improve the function of injured cells and accelerate regeneration. This means less pain, faster healing, and less inflammation. It also works to stimulate collagen synthesis, which helps with wound healing, nerves and bone healing, and cartilage protection and reduces the swelling from an infection or injury.
What Types of Conditions Does Laser Therapy Help Treat?
Laser therapy can be used to treat many different conditions, the most common of which include postoperative conditions and chronic ones. This therapy is used to treat ligament and tendon injuries, muscle injuries, fractures, muscle sprains, neurological conditions, and arthritis. The effects are usually cumulative so there may not be a response after only one session, but significant improvements can start to be seen once in the second week of treatments.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is convenient, effective, and not that expensive. The treatments are drug-free, non-invasive, and can also be used in conjunction with other types of treatment. Since they are pain-free, many pets enjoy them since they can feel good and often quite relaxing. Not only can it be used for long-term conditions, but it can be used for acute problems as well, such as wounds. It’s also helpful for older pets that may not be able to use pain medications. Even if your pet can tolerate pain medications it’s still very effective at enhancing the effects. There are minimal to no side effects and many pets won’t act any differently after the treatment except for the positive effects, such as improved mobility and increased energy.
Visit Your Vet
Our vet in Knoxville at Bluegrass Animal Hospital can perform laser therapy on your pet. Call us today at 865-694-8387 to schedule an appointment.