Prairie View Animal Hospital

24 Rich Road
Dekalb, IL 60115

(815)756-9976

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K-Laser Advanced Pain Relief Class IV


Laser


Therapy:

Studies show that laser therapy can help with:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Tendinopathies
  • Edema & Congestion
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Puncture wounds
  • Post-Traumatic Injury
  • Post-Surgical pain
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Burns
  • Chronic wounds
  • Rehabilitation
K-Laser

 

Laser therapy (photobiomodulation), is the use of specific wavelengths of light that create therapeutic effects. The laser was FDA approved in 2002 for use in the USA. It?s therapeutic effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling. 

Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy:

During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

Laser Therapeutic Effects:

During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing     water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

What to Expect:

There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several   treatments [3 to 8] for greatest benefit. For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan.   Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment. Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet?s condition.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment. The patient may feel 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 twenty years of use by healthcare  providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported.

How long does each treatment take?

The typical treatment time is 3 to 8 minutes.

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. Those of a more chronic nature 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 in their condition (usually pain reduction)  after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of 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 other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.