What is it?
Laser therapy (also called low level light therapy, etc.) uses laser light to help the body decrease healing time and reduce pain and inflammation. An infrared laser probe is placed directly on the skin over the area to be treated and the light is absorbed by the tissues in a process called bio stimulation. The specific mechanisms that allow the body to utilize the light leading to healing are still being researched but results show that this technique is effective.
What are the negative effects?
When done correctly there should be no side effects to having the treatment done. However there is always the potential that the patient could experience a slight burn to the skin if the probe overheats during extended use or eye damage if the light emitted from the probe enters the eye. To prevent such occurrences breaks are taken if sessions will be lengthy and a towel is placed over the patients eyes if the area under treatment is near the face.
How long does it last?
The procedure initially consists of a number of sessions spread-out over a few weeks with few sessions occurring as the weeks progress. The specific number of sessions and length of each session is determined by the veterinarian based on what is being treated and how many locations are under treatment.
What will occur?
The patient is taken back to the treatment room where the procedure is conducted. The patient is comfortably position to apply the laser probe to the area(s) to be treated. If the area is near the head, a towel maybe used to protect the patients eyes from exposure to reflected light. Once the treatment session is complete the patient is brought back up to the owner. If you do not have time to wait for the procedure, the patient can be dropped off and picked up later in the day.