Patricia Cahill DVM LLC
FAQ's Laser Therapy
How Does it work?
Low laser light therapy is sometimes called "cold Laser". It is the process of applying a light source to a specific area to produce a therapeutic effect. Laser therapy can be used to help manage acute injuries, chronic pain, skin problems as well as to stimulate acupuncture points. It works by a process known as photobiostimulation. The light energy of the laser penetrates the tissues and "turns on" cells that are not properly functioning due to inflamation, injury or disease. By turning on the mitochondria, the "power house" of the cell, the cell can function more normally and speed up healing.
Can it hurt my pet?
I use a Class IIIb laser which is a lower power laser. This laser does not cause heating of tissues even on darkly pigmented patients. It is also less rimy for eye injury when handled properly. Caution should always be used when using a laser and only trained personnel should handle the laser.
How many treatments are needed?
Treatments vary based on the condition. Many painful conditions are treated with a series of 4-6 laser treatments from twice weekly to weekly. For chronic conditions, maintenance treatments are often needed every few weeks to monthly.