Class IV Laser Therapy

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Class IV Laser Therapy

What is Class IV laser therapy?

This is a high powered "hot" therapeutic laser which provides non damaging infra red light microwaves which deeply penetrate the body's tissues. By a biological process called "photobiomodulation" it helps to

  • decrease pain
  • decrease inflammation
  • increase microcirculation through tissues
  • increased remodelling within damaged tissues
  • activate the body's own defence system and helps to create an antimicrobial effect
  • accelerate tissue repair
  • improved tissue lymphatic drainage
The laser waves basically act on the "power of the body's cells", the mitochondria, increasing the production of a chemical called ATP, speeding up the body's cellular activity. It's a bit like jump-starting a sluggish car battery.
IN SUMMARY, IT MAKES THE BODY'S TISSUES HEAL FASTER. IT IS TRUE REGENERATIVE MEDICINE.

At All Creatures, we use a highly effective type of laser, known as Class IV laser.

In humans, it is well documented in cancer patients receiving radiation therapy, adjunctive laser therapy improves healing times, reduces pain and improves the patient's appetite.

Class IV laser therapy complements traditional drug based pain relief really well, leading to better success rates overall.

At All Creatures, Limavady, we use our Class IV laser for the management of both acute and chronic conditions. Along with hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and good nursing care, it now forms a vital part of our rehabilitation programs for recovering pets.

We use laser therapy for

1 - PERI OPERATIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT - 

It is used to help relieve pain and improve healing times

  • after routine surgeries such as neutering.
  • following orthopaedic operations
  • for dental problems
  • after non routine surgeries such as eyeball removal, enterotomy, GDV (gastric torsion), most gastrointestinal surgeries, ear canal resection, pyometra, cystotomy, episioplasty, tumour removal, amputations and thoracotomy.
It’s worth emphasizing that laser therapy does not just accelerate healing - it actually improves repair, regeneration and remodeling of tissue. so post-operative complications are reduced.

At All Creatures we now routinely provide laser therapy immediately post operatively and then again at any routine check ups. This may be performed by the vet or by a trained nurse. As laser therapy can damage the retina, if you are assisting with your pet's laser treatment you will have to wear protective eye goggles.

2 - TO AID RECOVERY, REDUCE PAIN AND IMPROVE HEALING TIMES IN ALL ADVANCED ORTHOPAEDIC CONDITIONS

This includes joint surgeries such as TPLOs and TTAs, spinal surgeries such as disc fenestrations, dorsal laminectomies and hemilaminectomies, and fracture repairs. We are happy to carry out the post operative rehabilitation care of your pet if you find that your referral vet is located too far away to make this treatment practical at that centre. Pets that have laser rehabilitation after advanced orthopaedic procedures WALK SOONER. For example in spinal surgeries we find dogs walking after 3-5 days with laser therapy as opposed to traditional recovery times of 12-14 days in patients that do not receive this valuable treatment. The vets at All Creatures will discuss an appropriate program for your pet depending on the type of surgery.

3 - TO AID RECOVERY, REDUCE PAIN AND IMPROVE HEALING TIMES IN ALL MUSCULAR, TENDON AND LIGAMENT INJURIES 

Strains, sprains and tears. Laser therapy helps prevent muscle wastage. Therefore range of motion, function, flexibility and mobility are all enhanced. The potential for re-injury is greatly reduced. Performance animals not only recover quicker but they can regain their competitive edge. Pets can get back to their daily routines quicker and become active members of the family again.

4 - TO IMPROVE THE HEALING TIME OF ALL SKIN WOUNDS

Class IV laser forms a vital part of our wound management for pets. We use it for superficial wounds, contaminated wounds, large area skin wounds, pressure sores, ulcers, interdigital cysts and even for lick granuloma (acral lick dermatitis). It increases the rate of skin healing from around 0.5mm per day to 1.6mm/day, thus cutting wound healing times down to a third of the time in some cases. 

5 - TO RELIEVE THE ACUTE PAIN OF MANY MANY CONDITIONS....

Back pain, disc pain, lumbosacral disease, hot spots / pyotraumatic dermatitis, acute burns, acute otitis, aural haematoma, ruptured anal gland abscesses, pancreatitis, acute nephritis, pyelonephritis, cystitis, urinary stones (uroliths)

6 - TO RELIEVE PAIN IN OSTEOARTHRITIS

It is particularly helpful for painful hips and stifles.

7 - TO IMPROVE HEALING OF FELINE GINGIVITIS AND STOMATITIS

This stubborn condition in cats responds well to Class IV laser therapy.

8 - TO RELIEVE CHRONIC PAIN IN MANY MANY CONDITIONS

Chronic otitis, chronic lick granuloma (stop licking in as little time as 1 week) , chronic stomatitis in cats (this can help avoid dental extractions), chronic respiratory asthma, chronic osteoarthritis to name just a few.

In summary Class IV laser therapy has become an indispensable tool in providing a high level of care to our patients at All Creatures. In the veterinary world, we are just starting to realize all the clinical applications.

Exciting new possibilities include help with osteochondrosis dissecans, chronic rhinitis/bronchitis, insect bites, allergic reactions, chronic intestinal or urinary tract inflammation, bacterial/viral infections, adjunct therapy to improve stem cell results and even potentially for the control or palliative care of some cancers. There is also optimism for neurologic trauma including concussions, brain ischaemia (oxygen starvation) and stroke, peripheral nerve damage and intervertebral disc disease.

We do hope you will allow your recovering pet to benefit from this vital aspect of care. 

 

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