K-Laser Class 4 laser therapy is the drug fee, surgery free solution.
The painless application of laser energy promotes increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This creates an optimal healing environment reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored.
During treatment, infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level. Increased metabolic activity within the cell stimulates the transport of nutrients 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.
Reintroduction to Activity
While your pet may exhibit renewed energy after the first treatment, consult Dr. Keast before your pet returns to full activity. A gradual introduction of activity may be suggested to ensure the patient does not aggravate the condition.
What to Expect
There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them.
K-Laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet's condition. Even though improvement may be seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit, and we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Most sites require 2 to 8 minutes per treatment.
A sample treatment schedule is as follows:
- Every other day for one week (3 total)
- Twice the second week (2 total)
- Once the third week (1 total)
- Boosters as needed
Dr. Keast will recommend a treatment plan specific to your pet's condition
K-Laser therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling and increase range of motion.
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 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the treatment results are felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will 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 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes. Laser therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, and electrotherapy. Other complementary healing modalities can be used with laser to increase effectiveness.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There 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 twenty 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.
What is Laser Therapy?
Class 4 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 of pain and enhanced tissue repair. Laser therapy has been used in Europe since the 1970s and was cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2002.
Numerous studies show that laser therapy can help with
- Joint Pain
- Edema and Congestion
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Puncture Wounds
- Post Traumatic Injury
- Post Surgical Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- Hip Dysplasia
- Chronic Wounds
- Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery