Laser Therapy Case Reports - Part 3
continued from last month...
Lola is a two year old, happy and friendly American Bulldog, who injured her right CCl almost one year ago. Her owner was ready to proceed with surgery, but requested a second opinion with me. After my evaluation, I determined that she actually had a problem with both knees. The laser therapy vs. surgery discussion followed and her owners decided on the more conservative approach, Laser therapy. After eight laser treatments of both knees, Lola responded with a lame-free gait. She continues to have occasional treatments as a precautionary and preventative measure, since she still has the energy of a puppy and tends to be a little rough on her joints. I have often said that the best orthopedic patients are the easy-going ones; however the patients that we usually need to treat are the extremely active, high energy, athletic dogs. Guess which one Lola is?
Kaiya is a very well-mannered and obedient German Shepherd that has had a number of orthopedic problems. In June of 2009, I performed a left hip surgery to eliminate the pain and discomfort of severe osteoarthritis secondary to hip dysplasia. She recovered quickly and returned to full mobility. Seven months later, when she suddenly started to experience pain with walking, we wondered if she was having trouble with her other hip, so we scheduled an appointment for a lameness evaluation. I discovered the source of her pain, an almost completely torn CCL, which we confirmed with radiographs; and an inflamed lower back. We were on the road to recovery with the laser treatments; unfortunately three weeks out, after jumping off a bed, Kaiya developed a complete tear of her right CCL, which required surgery. I continued her laser therapy post-op and her owners and I were amazed at how fast she healed. Today, she is once again running and playing with her sister, Zayda, who also had a right CCL surgery with me three years ago.
Haley was an abused Pit Bull that I wrote about a few years ago, who was rescued by Sue, our head receptionist, and her husband Chuck. I performed surgery on both of her knees to repair torn ligaments and cartilage back in 2006. Even though Haley is not showing any lameness yet, but had a slight decrease in her range of motion, I decided to treat her with the laser since it was not available back then. I am very pleased with the results that we are seeing.
The seven dogs discussed in the last three articles represent only a small percentage of the dogs with ligament injuries that I have had tremendous success with employing the use of our therapeutic laser; in many cases to prevent the need of surgical intervention or speed up the recovery in those patients that required surgery. With the knowledge and experience that I have been able to acquire over the last one and one half years in this new field, I can confidently recommend it for any patient with an orthopedic problem. I know my clients are as pleased as I am with the results that we are achieving.
Next month, I'm excited to tell you about a remarkable and much-loved German Shepherd named, Arwen. Actually, she wasn't just a dog, she was a queen. Oh, and yes, she was also a laser therapy patient.
William T. Carlisle, DVM