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Using K-Laser to treat Arthritis and pain.

 

 

Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been utilized by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s, however technical advances in laser miniaturization and durability pioneered by K-Laser have allowed laser therapy to be used for a wider range of patients.

 

 

What is K-Laser therapy?

Class IV K-Lasers deliver specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. These include increased circulation,
decreased swelling, reduction in pain and enhanced tissue repair. Laser therapy has been used in Europe since the 1970’s and was cleared in the US by the FDA in 2002. K-laser has become the preferred choice for thousands of animal and human practitioners worldwide. Class IV lasers penetrate the tissue more deeply and with significantly reduced treatment times compared to other laser modalities.

 

 

What can K-Laser therapy be used for?

  • Osteoarthritis and joint pain
  • Hip Dyspalsia
  • Neck and back pain
  • Ligament and muscle sprains
  • Tendinopathies
  • Oedema and congestion
  • Post-traumatic injury
  • Puncture wounds and acute injury
  • Chronic wounds
  • Burns
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Rehabilitation and post orthopaedic surgery recovery

 

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Therapeutic effects:

The painless application of laser energy heats the area which relieves pain immediately. It also promotes increased circulation and draws oxygen and nutrients to the affected area which creates an optimal healing environment. Reduction in inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain allows normal function to be restored to the injured area

 

 

Cellular effects:

During treatment, Infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level. Increased metabolic activity within the cell stimulates the transport of nutrients and oxygen across the cell membrane initiating increased production of cellular energy (ATP). This leads to a cascade of beneficial events promoting the acceleration of the healing process and reduced pain. Changes in the uptake of electolytes by the nerve cells also lead to a reduced perception of pain.

 

 

What to expect:

There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting.

K-Laser therapy treatments are usually cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatment varies with your pet’s condition. Even though improvement may be seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3-8) for greatest benefit and we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Most sites require 2-8 minutes per treatment.

A sample treatment schedule for osteoarthritis is as follows: 6 treatments over 3 weeks then long term maintenance

  • Every other day for 1 week
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  • Once the third week
  • Booster treatments as required – normally monthly

Our vet will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet’s condition.

 

 

Reintroduction to activity:

While your pet may have renewed energy after the first treatment, consult the vet before allowing your pet to return to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to ensure the patient does not aggravate the condition.

 

 

 

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Frequently asked questions:

  • How often should a patient be treated?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2-3 times a week, tapering to once a week as improvement is seen.

  • How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature o the condition being treated. For some acute conditions1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5-8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing, periodic care to control pain

  • How long before the results are felt?

Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they may not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3-4 sessions

  • Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes. It is safe to be used with medical treatment and is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, massage, soft tissue mobilization and hydrotherapy.

  • Does it hurt?

Doctor-With-KLaser1.jpgThere is little, or no, sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels a mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

  • Are there any side effects or associated risks?

During more than 20 years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.

 

 

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