What Conditions Can Veterinarians Treat with Class IV Laser Therapy?
You probably know at least one veterinarian who uses laser therapy. You may have even asked DVMs in your referral network which conditions they treat with Class IV therapy lasers.
Chances are, each response was unique in some way, but you’ve probably heard of the high-efficacy applications such as chronic pain syndromes, post-surgical incisions, ear infections, and rehab cases. The truth, however, is that the list of applications gets longer by the day as more veterinarians are successfully exploring new uses of Class IV lasers.
Laser therapy is so versatile, in fact, that it can benefit nearly 80% of veterinary patients in some way. For that reason, some practices use it on every patient as a part of the standard office visit.
It has become standard practice to use therapy lasers after every surgical procedure by default, without even asking the pet owner for consent. It is simply included as a line item just like anesthesia, because it is highly effective and has no known side effects.
Common Applications of Class IV Laser Therapy
If you search PubMed for clinical evidence on the efficacy of laser therapy, you’ll be inundated with thousands of articles on its various applications.
Chronic Pain Management
- Hip Dysplasia
Acute Pain Management
- Road Traffic Accident
- Road Rash
- Open Flesh
- Orthopedic Recovery
- Dental Extractions
- Edema Reduction
Laser Therapy’s Mechanism of Action
Veterinarians who are not familiar with laser therapy might be skeptical upon learning of its extensive list of applications—until they understand the modality’s mechanism of action.
Laser therapy forces the body to metabolize quicker in the local treatment area. It improves capillary circulation, thereby bringing more fresh blood to the area and pushing away stagnant blood. This exposes afflicted cells to vital nutrients and oxygen, which is converted into chemical energy that the cells use to heal quicker.
The limitations of laser therapy are only those pathologies that cause the body to fight itself to the point that stimulating the body would stimulate the pathology. Examples include malignancies and autoimmune disorders. Beyond those few contradictions, laser therapy is safe and effective as a pain management and bio-stimulatory tool.
The Greatest Mistake Made by DVMs Who Offer Laser Therapy
The greatest misstep with laser therapy is not taking full advantage of its many applications. Class IV lasers are a non-invasive, drug-free solution that offers better patient outcomes in a myriad of surgical and therapeutic applications.
The better question is, “What CAN’T you treat with laser therapy?” With that in mind, below you will find a useful tool to remind you and your staff of the many uses of therapeutic lasers. This list comes not from some snake-oil salesman—but from a compilation of decades of veterinarian feedback.
About doctorVET—A Class IV Laser Therapy System from Sound®
Sound®, a pioneer of veterinary modalities for more than 20 years, has introduced the next step in the evolution of Class IV lasers with the creation of doctorVET. This portable, high-powered laser therapy system comes with a first-of-its-kind, automated technician that will help you learn how to administer Class IV laser therapy safely and effectively. Meet TOBI (Treatments with On Board Instructions).
TOBI is the offspring of sophisticated software and expert clinical collaboration, and he lives in every doctorVET laser. TOBI will guide you through each phase of laser treatment. He will help you adjust the wavelength, light intensity, and pulse frequencies based on the unique characteristics of each patient and condition, and he will provide a tidbit of advice before each treatment stage.