Pain Management Laser Therapy

The doctors at Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital are constantly researching new ways to help control your pet's pain. Cold Laser Therapy is one of several modalities used at Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital to assist with pain management in our patients.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is the use of laser light to stimulate biological processes that lead to faster healing and pain relief. Lasers, used for therapy, use much less power than surgical lasers and the beneficial effects come not from heat but from the stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes. Like plants absorbing sunlight through photosynthesis, the cells in the body absorb laser energy. This stimulates the body to release its own pain relieving chemical compounds.

What can be treated with Cold Laser Therapy?
• Post-surgical pain management
• Dental Procedures
• Would healing
• Lick granulomas
• Neurologic injury
• Stomatitis
• Muscle tears
• Trauma & bruising
• Arthritis
• Tendon & ligament tears
• Intervertebral Disc Disease
• Otitis
• And many more

What happens during a Cold Laser Therapy session?
First, the Laser probe is placed on the area requiring treatment. Then the laser light is emitted at a specific power and duration to deliver the correct therapeutic dosage. When the system beeps, it indicates the dosage is delivered safely, and the probe is then moved to the next treatment area.

What will my pet feel?
Patients do not need to be sedated or restrained and your pet will likely not feel the laser treatment. Human patients will often say they feel a pleasant tingling at the treatment site but laser therapy causes no heating or burning. Soon after the first treatment, you pet may move with less pain or have a more relaxed stride and better range of motion. Often, a series of treatments will be necessary, but the healing process begins right away. As a non-invasive treatment with no side effects, laser therapy is ideal for treating post operative patients and can be used to treat long-term, degenerative conditions along with pharmaceuticals.

How often will my pet be treated?
While some conditions can be resolved with just a few treatments, it is not unusual for a chronic condition to require a number of treatments over a period of several weeks. Typically treatments are more frequent at the beginning and will taper down in frequency to maintain treatment objectives. A booster schedule may then be established based on your pet’s needs.