Is laser therapy new?
The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders. Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available and affordable for clinicians.
What to expect during a MLS Laser therapy treatment session for you pet
The fur does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. I will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs improvement.
How many MLS® Laser Therapy treatments are usually necessary?
Generally, the number are unique to each patient and is based on the patient's clinical condition and duration and severity of the disease. On average, acute conditions require less treatments, while the chronic ones require a greater number of sessions. The exception is represented by skin wounds that should be treated until complete healing.
How often should the MLS® Laser Therapy treatments be performed?
In case of skin wounds it is recommended to perform MLS® Laser Therapy once a day, while for other types of diseases (eg. osteoarthritis, disc disease, oedema, etc.) I recommend a weekly laser therapy session combined physiotherapy until symptoms are settled. Long-term treatment can be maintained every 2-4 weeks depending on the duration of the benefit.
How long is each session?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one laser treatment session.
How do you perform MLS® Laser Therapy?
MLS® Laser Therapy is performed with the hand-piece which, in the presence of intact skin, is maintained in contact with the skin during treatment. Unlike other laser systems that have to be kept moving, I can safely keep the MLS laser system in direct contact with the skin in one location. This allows me to precisely position the laser for optimum results. In the presence of skin wounds, the hand-piece should be held as close as possible to the treatment area, but without touching the wound (at the distance of 0.5-1 cm).
Does the patient feel discomfort during the treatment?
Generally, on a first session your pet may feel anxious as the area being treated may be very painful. As your pet becomes accustomed to knowing what is going to happen and the area of injury starts to settle, your pet will begin to relax and enjoy the effect of the laser therapy. The laser therapy is not invasive.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects with this treatment.
What are the effects of MLS® Laser Therapy on the patient?
The immediate effects are pain reduction and the consequent improvement in patient’s quality of life including: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable. For most conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet’s specific needs.
Are there any contra-indications for MLS® Laser Therapy?
Yes. The radiation must not be directed toward the eyes, which may be severely injured; MLS® Laser Therapy is contraindicated in the presence of neoplastic tissue or suspected neoplastic tissue; in immunocompromised patients and in patients with systemic infection and also in patients with active bleeding. It is not recommended the treatment of ischemic tissue and the treatment of patients with fungal infections.
What can I expect at home?
You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation.
What should I do at home?
Just follow the instructions given to your vet and physiotherapist.
When do you perform the maintenance sessions?
The maintenance treatments may be carried out once or twice per month.
MLS® Laser Therapy can be used in conjunction with drug therapies?
Yes, MLS® Laser Therapy can be used in conjunction with drug therapies.