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Low-level laser therapy (‘LLLT’) is a safe, pain-free, non-invasive therapy that is used to minimise pain, reduce inflammation, and improve the speed and quality of wound and tissue healing. It uses light energy to stimulate cells in order to improve healing, and reduce pain and inflammation. It also provides an an analgesic effect on local nerves and receptors.
Please note, LLLT is different to the lasers used to cut or heat tissue.
LLLT has been used by veterinarians safely for many years, particularly with horses. It is also widely used for human use by medical practitioners, dentists and physiotherapists.
LLLT is used effectively to treat many conditions including muscular, ligament or neural injuries, tendonitis, post-surgery sites, lesions from excessive licking, open wounds, and osteoarthritis. It can help reduce arthritic pain and swelling and allow your pet to move more comfortably. We also use LLLT after many surgical and dental treatments to improve recovery.
It has also been proven to be effective in human use for acute and chronic pain management, reducing inflammation, and improving healing tissue quality and lymphatic function.
Your veterinarian will determine the correct dose parameters for your pet. The laser probe is applied directly to the skin or close to an open wound. There is usually no need to shave. No anaesthetic is required and the animal typically rests comfortably.
Your veterinarian will advise you as to the timing of treatments, which depends on the condition and patient being treated. Treatment intervals will vary - however, a standard case may involve 3 treatments in the first week, 1-2 for the following two weeks, then once a fortnight for 2 treatments.