Therapeutic Laser:  This is also known as Cold Laser Therapy.  Many patients see great benefit from this as it helps with pain and inflammation.  This is an FDA approved therapy and is just starting to catch on as many patients improve immensely from its application.  Our patients have certainly made us believers, however for the more science minded the definition is as follows.  The use of light energy to affect underlying tissues thereby affecting cellular metabolism leading to lymph, circulatory, nervous system, wound/surgical healing as well as stimulation to acupuncture and trigger points.  Indicated for most conditions that require the body to repair and relieve pain.  Most patients that respond favorably do so within a few sessions.

Modalities Available for Pain Relief to Hasten Recovery:

       Therapeutic Laser:  This is also known as Cold Laser Therapy.  Many patients see great benefit from this as it helps with pain and inflammation.  This is an FDA approved therapy and is just starting to catch on as many patients improve immensely from its application.  Our patients have certainly made us believers, however for the more science minded the definition is as follows.  The use of light energy to affect underlying tissues thereby affecting cellular metabolism leading to lymph, circulatory, nervous system, wound/surgical healing as well as stimulation to acupuncture and trigger points.  Indicated for most conditions that require the body to repair and relieve pain.  Most patients that respond favorably do so within a few sessions.

         Massage:  Hands-on treatment helps relax muscles, increase circulation, and loosen up soft tissues, thereby decreasing pain and improving muscle and joint bio-mechanics.  Skilled hands focus on trigger points and sources of restrictions in muscles and joints thereby increasing range of motion and function.  Stretching is also often completed at this time to help restore normal muscle length.  This is very beneficial and is completed along with Laser therapy to really “melt” trigger points.  All patients that tolerate it, really benefit from massage!

         Therapeutic Ultrasound:  The use of therapeutic ultrasound can be very useful for the treatment of chronic injuries especially tendonitis (biceps or shoulder) and deep muscular scarring (fibrotic myopathy.)  When the therapeutic laser doesn’t work, we often use the ultrasound.

         TENS or Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation:  Most commonly used for neurological patients to help re-establish nerve pathways and retain muscle that can’t function.  It can also be used immediately after surgery or in early injury repair for pain relief and tendon healing/fracture repair.  I combine this with targeted exercise to help re-train patients how to walk/sit/move!

        Rehabilitation Room/Therapeutic Exercises:  These are specific exercises tailored to the patient and owner on a case by case basis.  The exercises target specific weaknesses including building muscle, gait retraining/muscle strengthening for specific injuries and are taught to the owner to perform at home.

        Land Treadmill:  At this time we don’t have a treadmill, but if you have one I can guide your use of it to help with strength building, gait retraining and conditioning.

         Underwater Treadmill:  At this time we don’t have an underwater treadmill.  There is so much we can do without one, but for some patients this is integral for their recovery.  I can help you decide if underwater treadmill is integral for your pet and direct you to reliable sources in our area if that is the case.

Dr Deanna Clark DVM CCRT