We are excited to now offer K-Laser laser therapy at Deer Grove Veterinary Clinic. This new service allows us to offer another way to help control pain and speed the healing process in a wide variety of cases.
What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy involves applying a laser light onto areas of injury or pain, and this has multiple beneficial effects. The laser light increases blood flow to the area, speeding the healing process and in some cases creating a warming feeling. It reduces inflammation and swelling, and also reduces pain and muscle spasms. It is a non-invasive procedure, and the laser light can penetrate the skin to treat deeper tissues like muscles, ligaments, and bone.
Laser therapy has been in use in human medicine in Europe for over 20 years, and has been approved by the FDA for use in the United States since 2002. Many professional sports teams and physical therapists use laser therapy.
How is laser therapy used on pets?
It can be used on everything from cuts and wounds on the skin to arthritic joints to muscle and exercise-related injuries.
We are now using laser therapy on most of our patients immediately after surgery to help speed the healing process and to help control pain along with oral pain medications.
The number of laser treatments needed depends on the type of injury or illness being treated. Recent injuries or wounds tend to respond within a few treatments, and long-term conditions like arthritis may take more treatments spread out over a longer time.
If you have questions regarding laser therapy and how your pet could benefit from this new treatment option, please contact us at 608-839-5323.