LLLT (low level laser therapy, cold laser therapy, laser biostimulation, laser acupuncture) is an integral and natural component of physiotherapy, sports medicine and rehabilitative therapy in animals and humans.
Based on the biological effects described in the link, the indications for LLLT are as follows:
- spondylosis, spondylarthrosis
- orthopedic surgery
- muscle tension
- cauda equina syndrome
- Wobbler syndrome
- disk prolapse
- to accelerate tissue healing in patients with farcturs by inducing osteogenesis
- to accelerate wound healing
- to prevent disuse atrophy
- muscle strengthening
- nerve regeneration
- to prepare the muscles for physical training
- to accelerate muscle recovery after training
- and more….
Befor and after Low Level Laser Therapy – after two RJ-Laser treatments
Befor and after Low Level Laser Therapy – after three RJ-Laser treatments
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT/ Cold Laser/ Soft Laser) had a positive effect on healing rate and healing characteristics of distal leg wounds in horses. Wounds in horses treated with LLLT healed faster than the control wounds (p = 0.01). Wounds treated with LLLT were completely epithelialized at day 80 after surgery. Control wounds were not epithelialized at postoperative day 80.
Jann H., Bartels K., Ritchey J., Payton M., Bennett J., Equine wound healing: influence of low level laser therapy on an equine metacarpal wound healing model , Photon Lasers Med 1 (2012): 117–122
Effects of low level laser therapy on wound healing process are one of the most fully studied aspects of this type of therapy. It affects all phases of this very complex process. Histological studies have demonstrated that laser irradiation improves wound epithelialization, cellular content, granulation tissue formation, and collagen deposition in laser-treated wounds, compared to untreated sites.
LLLT (low level laser therapy, cold laser therapy, laser biostimulation, laser acupuncture) i used for conservative and postoperative treatment of a number of orthopedic and neurological problems.
- Sports related injuries – iliopsoas injury, medial collateral ligament injury, bicepital tendonitis, carpal hyperextension, etc.
- Lameness – e.g. CrCl injury- surgical and conservative/nonsurgical
- Fractures – delayed or non union (slow healing, poor apposition, routine part of post surgical protocol)
Only 4 laser treatments – LaserPen Expert 40W/904 nm
Picture 1 (case from DrVM. U.Petermann): 4-year old male German Shepherd Dog with extrem pyodermia from birth on. Picture 2: The same dog 8 weeks later: 1 kg increase of weight with full hair. Laser Therapy was applied once a week (laser acupuncture).
Osteoarthritis Pain Management
Post Operative Treatment
- Post operative application to surgical site: Reduces edema, increase rate of healing, decreases pain
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Nerve Dysfunction (paralyses)
Acral lick granulomas
Clipper burn/catheter site irritation
Self trauma (tail biting)
Gingivitis/periodontal disease (post dentals)
Acute and chronic otitis
Post TTA (cruciate repair)
No contraindications of treating over implants, however light cannot go through it so cross over it to treat the soft tissues around it.
Khadra M, Rnold HJ, Lyngstadaas SP, Ellingsen JE, Haanæs HR. Low-level laser therapy stimulates bone–implant interaction: an experimental study in rabbits. Clin. Oral Impl. Res. 15, 2004; 325–332 doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0501.2004.00994.x
In the blinded, placebo-controlled and randomised study we investigated the effect of LLLT with a GaAlAs diode laser device on improving or accelerating the attachment of titanium implants. The results from tensile test, histomorphometrical evaluation and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis demonstrated that LLLT had a positive effect on the functional attachment of titanium implants to bone. The irradiated implants showed a better bone bonding than non-treated controls. Mineral analysis suggests that calcium and phosphorus contents on the implant surface also increase when the implants are irradiated with LLL. These results suggest that LLLT may be a promising treatment modality for accelerating implant healing in bone.