Not all laser units are created equal. There are several classes of lasers that can include light emitting diodes and infrared lasers which are not true low level lasers. The majority of research and evidence points to low level lasers as eliciting the best biologic response in the body, which is why Dr. Gray chose to use it here at Timber Valley Hospital.
Low level laser was discovered in the late 1960’s and has been used in both human and veterinary medicine in Europe ever since, but “light therapy” can be traced back to ancient Greece. Low level laser therapy, or 3LT as it is called, has nothing to do with heat, but actually involves photons of light at a specific wavelength which stimulate chemical reactions at the cellular level. This series of reactions is what “energizes” that particular cell which, in turn, allows cells to repair, regenerate, and “wake up”. (Go to www.laserpetcare.com for more information.)
At Timber Valley Pet Hospital, a typical treatment series consists of 12-15 sessions over a 4-6 week time period depending on the condition. Some cases respond quickly and do not need further treatment and others need follow-up treatments for several weeks to reap the full benefit of this therapy.
We have experienced many successful outcomes using laser therapy here at Timber Valley Pet Hospital. We have seen laser treatments speed healing by up to 60%, reduce inflammation, provide pain relief, and even eliminate the need for surgery. We have only scratched the surface of its possible applications are are excited about the future of this treatment modality.