Value of a therapeutic laser at a veterinary practice

therapeutic laser

The Super Pulsed ACTIVet PRO Laser System sets a new standard for laser therapy efficacy and safe outcomes.

This article is sponsored content brought to you by REM Systems.

Currently lecturing in major cities across Australia, Rem Systems’ technical services veterinarian Dr Matthew Jones explains how to effectively utilise therapeutic laser therapies.

The Multi Radiance range of Class 1M therapeutic lasers provide an outstanding treatment option for a variety of common conditions encountered in veterinary practice.

Therapeutic lasers assist patient healing and recovery via photobiomodulation (PBM). This non-thermal process results in enhanced ATP production and assists with nitric oxide modulation. Additionally, it is able to control potentially harmful reactive oxygen species at the site of injury or disease.

Cytochrome c-oxidase is the photoacceptor in mitochondria that facilitates this PBM process, and is able to respond to particular wavelengths of light. The net effect of this activity includes improved circulation to a target site, along with reduced pain, inflammation and enhanced oxygen delivery.

Veterinarians and vet nurses are currently using this laser to treat conditions such as otitis externa, pyoderma, stomatitis, degenerative joint disease, wounds (both traumatic and post-operative), tendinitis, degenerative disc disease, as well as for pain management and acupuncture purposes. 

The Multi Radiance ActiVet PRO also features a unique blue light function that operates at 465nm. At this wavelength, the blue light function has demonstrated efficacy at reducing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

An excellent example of how the Multi Radiance therapeutic lasers can be of benefit was recently documented in a case study on Doc, a three-and-a-half-year-old male labrador. Doc had unfortunately suffered a fall during a run and immediately developed a right forelimb lameness.

Upon presentation to his vet, pain was evident when the right shoulder was flexed and when the origin of the biceps tendon was palpated. Radiographs revealed mineralisation in the region of the biceps tendon origin. Following this, ultrasonography was conducted and confirmed a diagnosis of biceps tendinopathy.

At this point, Doc was placed on carprofen and strict rest was ordered. The primary vet also referred Doc to a rehabilitation therapist. After an initial poor response to continuous wave laser therapy, Doc’s therapist switched to the Multi Radiance ActiVet PRO, which is a super-pulsed laser. After a short period of time, patients adapt to continuous wave lasers, and they no longer provide the sufficient stimulus to elicit a therapeutic response. The ActiVet PRO super-pulsed laser produces slight, sweeping variations in frequency that prevent this adaptation effect.

The initial prognosis for Doc was a three-to-six month recovery with a very gradual return to complete activity, as typically seen with a biceps tendinopathy. Super-pulsed laser therapy was commenced days after the continuous wave laser treatments had ceased, with the new laser protocol comprising 50Hz over 5 minutes. The wavelengths emitted by the ActiVet PRO are 465nm, 660nm, 860nm and 905nm; the 465nm is only emitted when the blue light function is selected, and is only appropriate for superficial use. When used for applications such as biceps tendinopathy, the other three wavelengths work synergistically to enhance light penetration through tissue. 

After two treatments with the ActiVet PRO, Doc went from a 4/5 right forelimb lameness to a 1/5. Following the third treatment, a gradual return to activity (including swimming) was allowed, as Doc was displaying a 1/5 lameness only after activity.

A gradual return to full function was evident at Doc’s eight-week follow-up visit to his vet and rehabilitation therapist; the owner was particularly impressed with the nature and speed of Doc’s recovery.

Doc’s case is just one example of how the Multi Radiance range of therapeutic lasers could benefit your practice and your patients. With over 400,000 Multi Radiance devices being used in more than 30 countries in both veterinary and human healthcare, isn’t it time you explored this exciting, proven and effective treatment option? 

Dr Matthew Jones’ lecture, “What the Laser—Debunking the myths of therapeutic laser therapies” is touring nationally. For more information, call Rem Systems on 1800 737 222 or visit remsystems.com.au.

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