Always keen to be able to offer the latest treatments to our patients we were excited to start offering therapeutic laser treatments at our Torquay surgery in 2017. Our ASA laser therapy unit is useful in treating many of the conditions we see every day in our patients. We have had such great results and feedback since launching the service, that in 2019 we bought a second laser and can now also offer this treatment at our Paignton surgery.
In 2021 we also added a stance analyser, which offers us a more objective way of assessing our musculoskeletal patients and their response to treatment. It evaluates the way a patient is standing and shifting weight, to identify if there is a lameness issue and where to look for it.
How does laser treatment work?
Normal light contains many different wavelengths; some of these we can see as different colours, some we cannot. A laser is a specific wavelength of light, in the case of our machine, infra red. This light is able to pass through the skin, unlike normal light, and penetrate the deeper tissues. Once in the deeper tissues the energy of the infrared light induces chemical, thermal and mechanical changes to the cells in the tissues. These changes cause:
A reduction in pain at the area brought about by reducing inflammation, swelling and muscle spasm; increasing natural endorphin synthesis and desensitising the nerves that signal pain.
A reduction in inflammation by inhibiting production of inflammatory mediators and altering the permeability of local blood vessels to ‘wash out’ pro-inflammatory chemical messengers that are produced by the body.
Accelerated healing time by changing the permeability of the local blood vessels (increasing the availability of nutrients, oxygen and growth factors essential for healing). The energy emitted has a positive effect in restoring and regulating cellular energy metabolism. It also acts as a direct stimulus to cell proliferation (multiplication) which speeds up the body’s normal healing functions by as much as 35% in published studies.
In humans, laser treatments have been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, and for back and neck pain.
Laser therapy is non-invasive, non-painful and non-toxic. Our staff have been fully trained and ASA laser therapy poses no risk of burns or discomfort unlike some other laser units available.
Laser treatment can help reduce our patients’ reliance on traditional medications and also helps to improve comfort and speed healing following the surgical procedures we perform. Despite being a relatively new treatment option, most pet insurance companies are happy to fund laser therapy treatments as they recognise the benefits to the patient.
The following is a list of some of the conditions where our ASA laser can help:
- Disc disease
- Back pain
- Acute and chronic tendon lesions
- Sprains and strains
- Fractures, both repaired surgically and treated conservatively
- Ear disease, both chronic and acute
- Stomatitis (painful inflammation of the gums and tissues in the mouth)
- Infected wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Non-healing wounds
- Lick granulomas (chronic itchy skin lesion in dogs)
- Reducing scar formation
Call us on 01803 606059 for more information or to book an appointment with a vet to discuss the potential benefits to your pet. You can also book an appointment with the vet online. Once a treatment programme has been approved by a vet, our nursing team deliver the laser treatments via our nursing clinics.
You can read about how we have used laser to help our patients here: