A Class IV therapy laser is an FDA-cleared, deep penetrating light. Unlike a carbon laser, which is used for cutting, a Class IV laser is designed to relieve conditions that involve pain and inflammation. Click here to learn about laser light therapy at the cellular level.
The Class IV laser offers accelerated healing and pain relief through several processes: the production of oxygen allows cells to re-grow, and the release of endorphins stimulates cells to heal at a faster rate and reduces pain. Circulation is improved, metabolism is increased, nerve cells are stimulated and collagen production is boosted. Therapy Lasers have been scientifically proven and successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions. Check out the video below for client testimonials!
What conditions can be treated with laser therapy?
Laser therapy is used to treat a wide range of conditions that involve pain and inflammation. Typical cases include arthritis, back injuries, sprains, muscle spasms, nerve injuries, wounds, “hot spots,” ear infections, cystitis, gingivitis, post-operative recuperation and skin conditions of all kinds.
There are numerous advantages of laser therapy over other kinds of treatments:
- No adverse reactions
- No lab tests
- No anesthesia required
Laser therapy is often used in conjunction with NSAIDs to treat arthritis, although some pets may be able to avoid NSAIDs altogether. Because NSAIDs can have serious side effects, we must do bloodwork several times a year to monitor the liver and kidneys. Therapy laser has no side effects, is not painful and does not require sedation.
The effects of laser therapy are cumulative and some conditions, such as arthritis, may require several treatment sessions over the course of a few weeks. Other conditions may require one or two treatments only. Our veterinarians will decide on an appropriate course of treatment based on your pet’s medical condition.
We are unable to give you a treatment plan without a physical examination, however most of our clients are pleasantly surprised by the affordability of laser therapy. It especially economical compared to the long term costs of NSAIDs, prescription diets, pain medications and other supportive care.
- How long before results are felt?
Many pets feel some relief after the first session, however the results of laser therapy treatments are cumulative. Most pets will see significant improvement after 2-4 sessions.
- How many sessions does it take?
Some conditions may require only 1-2 treatments, while others may need six or more sessions. Periodic, ongoing care is often required to manage chronic conditions.
- How long does a treatment session last?
The length of the session depends on the size of the area to be treated. While the typical treatment session is 10 minutes, for animals with chronic arthritis who have several different areas to be treated, the treatment session may last as long as an hour.
- What does laser therapy feel like? Does it hurt?
There is little or no sensation during the treatment. Sometimes the animal may feel a gentle, soothing warmth, but there is no pain associated with laser therapy.
- May I stay with my pet during treatment?
Yes! We would be happy to have you stay with your pet during the treatment session. We do ask that you wear protective eye wear during the treatment session.
- Can laser therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Absolutely! Laser therapy can be used alongside NSAIDs, neutraceuticals, pain medications and prescriptions diets – in fact, the efficacy of laser therapy treatments may allow us to scale back on the use of pain meds and anti-inflammatories.
- Will you treat animals who are not Animal Hospital of Shawnee Hills veterinary patients?
We are happy to offer laser therapy treatments to pets who are not our regular patients, however we do require a thorough medical history and physical examination by one of our veterinarians. Depending on the presenting complaint, that may include x-rays. Please ask our medical staff for more details.