Laser Therapy

Piedmont Veterinary Clinic is now is now offering Cold Laser Therapy. Our Class IV Laser delivers low level laser therapy through an invisible light, promoting blood flow and aid in healing, as well as decreasing pain and inflammation.

This therapy is being used in a wide array of treatments in the veterinary community, and is being further promoted by veterinary universities like Colorado State University and University of Florida. Also, on the human side, a unit very similar to ours is used for athletes in the NHL, MLB, NFL and more for their joint and muscle discomfort.

We have seen the evidence that low level laser therapy is an amazing option for pets in pain. It aids in alleviating chronic or acute pain, reducing inflammation, reducing swelling, increasing circulation, speeding up healing and recovery, and helps the release of endorphin, the body’s natural pain reliever

Pets benefit from reduced inflammation and pain and show an increased range of motion and increased mobility earlier in the recovery process.  Veterinary medicine, chiropractors, and sports medicine (including major league sports teams) are embracing this new technology!

What conditions can be treated with cold laser? 

Cold laser therapy is used to treat multiple ailments and injuries in dogs and cats.  Treatable conditions include:

  • Joint injuries
  • Ligament or tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Muscle sprains or strains
  • Skin lesions or abrasions
  • Post-trauma wounds
  • Post-surgical incisions
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Nerve injury

 

What are the treatments like

After a veterinarian has prescribed a treatment regimen, treatments are performed by a registered veterinary technician. Therapy usually involves multiple administrations within the first one to two weeks of treatment.  After the initial set, treatments are spread progressively further apart until the maintenance level needed by your pet is reached. A patients’ treatment protocol is determined by the condition being treated and the patient’s response.

Are there any risks involved?

There are no known side effects from the administration of cold laser therapy.  While the laser treatment is being administered, the technicians’ and patient’s eyes are protected.