Laser therapy uses the regenerative properties of non-thermal lasers for instant pain relief, and to jump-start the body’s natural healing processes. It’s a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment, with virtually no side effects. Laser therapy works well with other alternative therapies, and it’s an excellent option for aging dogs at greater risk from more invasive treatments, like surgery and medication.
Dr. Babette offers two types of laser therapy treatments: an infrared laser option, which doesn’t penetrate deeply and is great for surface issues, like dermatological conditions, and a deeply penetrating Summus Laser option. Dr. Babette is one of only a few private veterinarians in the New York City area to own a high power, dual wavelength Class IV Summus Laser. This is a state of the art device can penetrate to a depth of 4 centimeters, providing potent pain relief for your pet. The Class IV laser is 16 times more powerful than its predecessor, the Class III Laser.
Laser therapy is an evidence-based treatment option. Scientists and veterinarians have gathered clinical data over the years to demonstrate that Laser therapy really works. In fact, researchers first documented the therapeutic nature of laser light in 1967, when they discovered its bio-stimulative properties. That means it can accelerate cellular activity at the biochemical level.
This biochemical acceleration leads to rapid cellular growth, increased blood flow, enhanced nutrient distribution, and reduced inflammation throughout injured tissues. Basically laser light accelerates the body’s innate healing mechanisms, promoting the repair and strengthening of injured tissues without risking the side effects that often come with surgery and drug therapies.
Laser treatments are typically 40 to 50 minutes long. Pain relief is often instant, and excellent results are possible after one treatment. However, depending on the extent of the injury or condition involved, multiple sessions are often required for maximum benefit. Most pets require between one and six treatment sessions.
Dr. Babette treats a wide range of common conditions with Laser therapy, including:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Back pain
- Traumatic dermatitis
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Lick granulomas
- De-gloving injuries
- Dermatological injuries
- Ulcerations and open wounds
- Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
- Neuromuscular disease
- Pain associated with aging
Dr. Babette will evaluate your animal to determine whether or not laser therapy would be beneficial, and which laser therapy, infrared or Summus Laser, is most appropriate. Schedule a consultation to learn more about this exciting treatment option.