The word LASER is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Laser light has a very narrow bandwidth, a high level of coherence, parallel beams and high intensity. Electricity is supplied to a specific sandwich of elements in the laser head, which then is stimulated to produce laser light of a particular wavelength. These properties mean that very definite amounts of laser light invisible to the human eye can be used to stimulate cells in the body to increase wound healing, accelerate the inflammatory process and reduce pain.
Isobel has just finished her training to use laser on our small animals. She will open very soon a laser consultation.
The lasers that we use at Wharfedale Veterinary Centre are called Low Level Lasers which are non heating or cold lasers (unlike the cutting type used in surgery). Our laser machines have pre-programmed settings for different tissue types and disease stages so that we can optimise pulse frequency and dose according to the individual needs of the patient.
Low Level Laser Therapy can be used for many conditions in animals to reduce pain and improve mobility. It may also be used to assist in the healing of wounds and for some bone conditions too, also for muscle, ligament and tendon problems. As with all therapies Veterinary consent and referral must be obtained.
The laser is also an extremely useful tool in the treatment of wounds and granulomas.
When should Low Level Laser Therapy not be used?
Low Level Lasers should not be used for direct treatment of the eye, the foetus, in cases of active cancer or infection or on the gonads. Direct stimulation of the nerves, heart or bone growth plates in young animals should also be avoided.