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Therapy Lasers Improve Patient Care

Therapy Lasers Improve Patient Care

By Somyr McLean Perry
For Veterinary Practice News

 

Therapeutic lasers’ popularity continues to grow as pet owners seek out alternative healing and pain control techniques for their animals, laser therapy manufacturers say.

Kristen Grady, director of sales for Grady Medical Systems of Temecula, Calif., said that while it’s difficult to estimate, about 10 percent of clinics practice with laser light therapy, in general.

And approximately 5,000 Class IV laser machines have been purchased in the veterinary market in just the last three years, said Phil Harrington, DC, CMLSO, manager of training and clinical support for K-Laser USA of Franklin, Tenn.

It’s interesting to note that although some specialty clinics and certain universities are investing in the modality, most clinics adding therapeutic laser therapy to their regimens are general practices.

“These clinics are seeing wounds, dermatology cases and animals experiencing osteoarthritic pain—all conditions the laser can greatly improve,” said Grady. “The use of the laser can also be tied in to post-operative healing. For these reasons, laser is definitely not just for specialty hospitals.”

Carl Bennett, marketing director for Companion Therapy Laser by Lite Cure based in Newark, Del., and James D. Shanks, veterinary director at Erchonia Corp. of  McKinney, Texas, agree.

“The great thing about therapeutic laser technology is it allows you to increase your outcomes, provide alternative forms of therapy, allow more flexibly to your practice and increase patient referrals,” Shanks said.

“Any practices that see patients for whom they would like to speed healing, reduce pain or inflammation, or have a drug-free alternative for treating acute or chronic conditions” will benefit in patient care, Bennett said.

 

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