Laser Therapy FAQ
Many people have questions about various aspects of pet laser therapy, and we hope this information will help.
What types of conditions does the therapy laser treat?
Numerous studies show that Laser Therapy can help with (but are not limited to) osteoarthritis, joint pain, edema and congestion, ligament sprains, stomatitis, muscle strains, wounds, post-traumatic injury, post-surgical pain, neck and back pain, hip dysplasia, burns, chronic wounds, chronic ear conditions, and much more.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally our patients feel mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction. Most patients are soothed by the warmth emitted from the laser and some even fall asleep during treatment.
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. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
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 a week or once every other week, with improvement.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis 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 very 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. Each patient is different and will react differently to the laser's effects.
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, and even following surgery. Other healing modalities, such as joint supplements and medications, are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
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