What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Medical lasers have multiple class levels. When used therapeutically for pain or healing, a Class IV (cold laser) is most commonly used. Contrary to the title, the laser itself does not feel cold. The term “cold laser” is used to differentiate from the “hot”, or surgical, laser that is meant for more involved purposes such as declaws, mass removals, or highly precise surgical procedures.
Cold laser provides photobiomodulation. this means that the light source of the laser is placed within close contact to the skin, causing the light energy to penetrate into the mitochondria of damage tissue.
What is this used for?
When used in conjunction with multiple therapeutic modalities, laser has been shown to expedite treatment to injuries in nerves, muscles, skin, joints, tendons, ligaments, and more!
Cold laser has been shown to be very useful in improving joint function, regenerating nerves, reducing inflammation, expediting wound healing – even down to tendons and ligaments! It is additionally useful in regenerating muscle tissue, increasing circulation, and most importantly: Pain relief.
What conditions could this procedure help with?
Most conditions that end in -itis, the medical suffix for inflammation, can be treated with the laser in conjunction with other therapeutic treatments and pain management treatments. Arthritis, red/swollen ears, dental disease, lick granulomas, and even hot spots are just some examples of things the cold laser can help with.
How is this treatment carried out?
At North Tustin Veterinary Clinic, we use a handheld laser to gently massage over the area of treatment. Although eye protection is required, it can be done anywhere in the hospital without the need for sedation or shaving. The machine is adjusted each time according to the parameters set by the Veterinarian.
Is cold laser therapy ever a bad idea?
While there are some conditions that could be risky with the use of a laser, such as certain types of neoplasia, immune disorders, or neonatal animals. Our doctors will carefully review your pet’s medical history before treatment.
How can I go about getting my pet treated?
Give us a call at (714) 838-7440 to schedule an appointment to meet one of our three amazing veterinarians on staff! We look forward to meeting you and your pet.