Technologies found in human medicine are making their way into veterinary practice, to help provide care for animals. Laser therapy, which uses laser light to stimulate processes deep within body tissues, can be helpful for a number of conditions. At North Hills Animal Hospital in Sherwood AR, we offer laser therapy sessions to help a variety of pet health issues from a Sherwood, AR veterinarian on our veterary team.
What Exactly Is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy uses a highly focused beam of light for medical purposes. Usually, lasers are used like a scalpel during surgeries, to make better than traditional instruments. At lower frequencies of light, laser technology can be used to stimulate biological processes beneath the skin surface, to improve healing and reduce pain. Veterinary research found that the device and method could be used to help animals, just as it does in human medicine.
What Conditions Can Laser Therapy Help?
Laser therapy can help healing in a number of ways. It can relax muscles and allows blood vessels to dilate. It can stimulate the release of natural endorphins to reduce pain. It can reduce inflammation, and it aids healing of tissues. Laser therapy can be used for arthritis discomfort, tendon, and ligament injuries, healing surgical incisions and for general wound healing. This method may be used for animals that cannot take standard pain medications, due to age, organ impairment or other issue.
How Is A Laser Therapy Treatment Done?
Laser therapy is usually painless for the animal. During a session, your pet will lie down on a table or on a blanket on the floor, and a handheld device is passed over the affected area several times. Generally, a session lasts from 15 to 30 minutes, and there are no side effects. After the session, your pet can usually resume normal activities. A number of sessions may be scheduled, depending on the problem being addressed. A vet on our veterinary team can discuss how many sessions are expected to be needed in advance of the therapy.
Get Laser Therapy from a Sherwood, AR Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team
Our veterinary team at North Hills Animal Hospital provide pet care for their animal patients in Sherwood, AR, and nearby communities. We offer many veterinary services, including vaccinations, diagnostics, dental care, microchipping. Contact North Hills Animal Hospital today at (501) 835-3577 for an appointment to learn how laser therapy from a Sherwood, AR veterinarian on our veterinary team can help your pet.