Posted Date: January 18, 2017
Laser therapy is becoming increasingly used in veterinary clinics to provide relief for many ailments.
Laser therapy, also known as "cold" lasers, has grown in use at veterinary clinics over the last several years, according to an article from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Laser therapy is a noninvasive procedure which uses a process called photo-biotherapy to improve blood circulation through light absorption in the cells. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as pain from arthritis, joint surgeries and even certain types of infections such as ear infections. According to AAHA, laser therapy can be particularly useful when you have an animal in pain that may not be able to process common pain medications due to liver issues.
Laser therapy for pain is not just unique to dogs. The FDA approved an initial trial in 2002 for treatment of people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and it was found that 70% or more found relief from the treatment. This was compared to a control group using non-laser methods of treatment.
If you want to learn more about laser therapy, speak to your veterinarian or consult the World Association of Laser Therapy website.