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Blog-WALT Biannual Congress

I recently had the privilege of addressing the 9th Biannual Congress of the World Association for Laser Therapy in Australia on the topic of Laser Therapy Applications in Veterinary Medicine. WALT is the leading laser therapy organization in the world setting the guidelines in dose applications and publishing leading research and clinical papers in the journal Photomedicine and Surgery. Members include veterinarians, physicians, dentists, physiotherapists, researchers and other health care professionals. The number of quality published double blinded clinical trials and underlying mechanism papers has rapidly risen in the last 7 years as a result of WALTs influence and leadership. The biannual congress affords an opportunity for leaders in the laser therapy world to share breaking research discoveries and clinical results with one another.

I was one of two veterinarians invited to speak at WALT 2012 and focused on three clinical cases from Ruckersville Animal Hospital that illustrated the usefulness and breadth of laser therapy in veterinary medicine. The first case is a giant breed young dog that has bilateral ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments and bilateral hip dysplasia. His ability to ambulate and remain pain free was progressively getting worse despite being on Deramaxx (NSAID), Tramadol (synthetic opiod) and Glucosamine (chondroprotective agent). Surgery and laser therapy were discussed as possible options and due to the high cost of multiple surgeries and guarded prognosis, laser therapy was begun. This dog had an immediate positive response to LT and after six months was able to be weaned off all medication except Glucosamine. He requires a booster treatment every five weeks and gets along as if he had no orthopedic problems. This has saved the owner thousands of dollars in medicine and bloodwork fees as well as the expense of surgery and associated intense rehab.

The second case I presented was a small poodle that was attacked by another dog and suffered multiple severe bite wounds to the rear end that became infected. With the assistance of low level laser therapy this devastating injury was able to heal faster and without residual damage or scarring to the patient. Finally, the third case presented involved a dog that developed severe dementia of undetermined origin. This dog was refractory to all traditional medications but had a complete recovery with low level laser irradiation of the brain. The patient continued to relapse into episodes of endless pacing, circling, and blindness but we found that a laser treatment every 10 days will prevent recurrences.

Time did not allow me to talk about the the many other conditions we routinely treat at Ruckersville Animal Hospital & Veterinary Laser Therapy Center. These include bladder and kidney problems, liver and pancreatic diseases, heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases, eye and ear problems, dental conditions and a host of other musculoskeletal, dermatologic, and neurologic problems. I am convinced that laser therapy is one of the most important new treatment modalities for the future of medicine because of its effectiveness without unwanted side effects and its affordability. Ruckersville Animal Hospital & Laser Therapy Center is committed to bringing its patients the best and most complete options in laser therapy.


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