Laser Therapy - Part 5
Now that we have a better understanding of the history of light therapy, what laser is and how it is produced, and the benefits achieved through its effects at the cellular level, we are nearly ready to begin our discussion of actual clinical cases. These will include "Shadow", an extremely active Black Labrador Retriever, that ruptured her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL), had surgery and once she started to feel better, sustained a minor post-op setback after getting too excited and slipping, but following treatments with the therapeutic laser made a full recovery; "Zeus", a German Shepherd whose owners were prepared to have his partially torn CCL of his right knee surgically corrected, but elected to first consult with me for a second opinion. I discovered that Zeus had also strained his left CCL and offered his owners the option of laser therapy for both knees. They agreed and today Zeus walks without any noticeable lameness on both of his hind legs; "Snoopy" and his sister "Peanut", two Dachshunds with Spinal Disc Disease that were close to requiring spinal surgery, are now happy and pain free as a result of their laser treatments; Haley" an abused and rescued Pit Bull that I wrote about a few years ago, who had surgery on both of her knees to repair torn ligaments and cartilage. Since the laser was not available back in 2006 when I performed her operations, I decided to treat her in an attempt to break down some of the built-up scar tissue and increase her range of motion with excellent results; "Doobie", a Beagle that after years of a chronic recurring ear infection had one of the most dramatic outcomes that I have witnesses so far; "Sara", a rescued "Katrina Kitty" that now enjoys a pain free mouth after a severely debilitating stomatitis; "Thumper" a Pomeranian that sustained a complicated fracture of his front leg, developed a non-union, but following treatment runs and plays on all four legs; "Trooper" a Rat Terrier that presented with a complex fracture of his Humerus with massive surrounding muscle contusions and bleeding leading to severe swelling of approximately three times normal. Two days after surgery (four days after the injury) and following three laser therapy treatments - most of the swelling and bruising was gone and "Trooper" was walking almost normally; and many, many more that I hope you will enjoy reading about as I much as I enjoy recalling and writing about.
But before I get started with the details of these cases, I would be remiss if I failed to discuss some of the basic principals of using the Therapeutic Laser next month.
William T. Carlisle, DVM