Laser Therapy Amazing Results: Musculoskeletal Diseases
The musculoskeletal system is the number one system treated with laser therapy in veterinary medicine and for good reason! With proper diagnosis and treatment parameters, efcacy is above 90%. This means dogs and cats with debilitating orthopedic problems can be weaned off many harmful long term medications and live a
more pain free and active life. While NSAIDs like Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Metacam, and Previcox can make a tremendous difference for pets with arthritis and other degenerative orthopedic problems, their long term use can harm the kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal systems. In older pets whose organs are already in the process of winding down, this can can lead to premature illness and even death. These
medications are also expensive and require consistent monitoring with bloodwork. At Ruckersville Animal Hospital, our goal is to replace as many drugs as possible with Laser Therapy. The advantages of laser therapy are reduction of inammatory mediators, release of endorphins, increased cellular energy and enhanced tissue repair. This accomplishes the same effects of NSAIDs plus laser therapy blocks additional pain pathways and stimulates tissue repair rather than causing inhibition of healing as frequently seen with NSAID use.
Max is a 176 pound dog that presented at 2 years old for lameness in the rear legs.Radiographs revealed bilateral hip dysplasia and bilateral torn anterior cruciateligaments in both knees. Degenerative joint disease was already moderately severe in both hips and knees. Max was started on Glucosamine, Deramaxx (NSAID) and Tramadol. This helped initially but concern over the long term effects of these medicines, persistent intermittent lameness and the high cost of surgery convinced the owner to try laser therapy. Max began getting two treatments a week for two weeks then one a week for two weeks. Progress was swift and progressive such that Maxs frequency of treatments was tapered a week at a time until he now comes in for a booster treatment every 5 weeks. In addition, Max has been off all arthritis medicine since the 11th month of laser therapy. This clinical case illustrates the point that laser therapy can be a highly efcacious treatment option to long term medications and even surgery.
If your pet has an acute injury or debilitating chronic orthopedic problems, why not come in and give laser therapy a try. Chances are it will provide the safe,effective and economical treatment you desire for your pet!
-Richard Godine, DVM