North Alabama Animal Hospital offers the latest in wellness care: the ‘Companion Therapy Laser System’. This drug-free, surgery-free therapy uses the most powerful Class-4 laser available. We use it after elective surgeries, acute injuries such as disk disease, sprains, strains, fractures, and to reduce the pain and inflammation of skin wounds and ear infections. Our older arthritic pets are enjoying increased mobility while requiring less medication. The treatments are quick & painless. Laser therapy speeds healing by calling on the body’s own natural healing techniques, releases pain-killing endorphins, lessens scar tissue, reduces nerve pain, and combats tissue infections.

What’s involved with treating my pet?

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate.

How does laser therapy work?

The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.

Laser Therapy Cases

Dakota was on a myriad of pain medications for osteoarthritis. In addition to being on glucosamine and chondroitin, she was on an NSAID, tramadol as well as gabapentin. She had been on these for the last couple of years. Dakota's owner had noticed she wasn't getting around as easy as she used to and was spending a lot of her day just lying down, not enjoying the outdoors that she used to love. When we examined her, she had thickening of both knee joints, with a lot of crepitus, which is a grinding due to bone on bone contact. This is due to the normal cartilage being worn away from the knee joints. Her radiographs showed this stifle arthritis as well as bridging of her spinal vertebra, which can be very painful.
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