Physical Therapy & Rehab

Bring comfort to your fur baby and restore their quality of life.

Silver Sands Veterinary Physical Therapy and Rehab Department Featuring Low-Level Laser Therapy Is Now Open

The Silver Sands Veterinary Physical Therapy and Rehab Department features low-level laser therapy (photobiomodulation) coupled with pharmaceuticals, exercise programs, and weight management.

LLLT, healing lasers, can be used in a multitude of problems for pain relief and healing acceleration.

It is a non-invasive tool to bring comfort to your fur baby and restore a quality of life.

In a typical treatment session, the laser wand is applied to the area to be treated. Depending on the area and the energy you are delivering, a SESSION can take up to 15 to 30 minutes.

And, the good news about laser therapy for dogs is there’s no need to shave or clip the area to be treated and the dog doesn’t need to be sedated during the process. That means that treatment can be applied multiple times a day or a number of times per week.

Before treatment begins, YOUR FUR BABY must be examined by Dr. DeForge. A full physical is completed along with blood work and X-rays if needed. This will allow a diagnosis to be substantiated. In dogs, especially, tick borne diseases must be identified before initiating LLLT.

If you have a dog or cat with degenerative joint diseases [arthrosis] you can expect to start laser treatment with one to two sessions per week, then decrease sessions to once a week, then once every two weeks or as needed. Each ReHab patient has their own specific ReHab program formulated by response to treatment.

What is the difference between arthritis and arthrosis?

When we talk about arthritis, we refer to an inflammation of the joints. It mainly manifests itself with severe pain, often accompanied by swelling of the area, redness, and stiffness.

On the contrary, arthrosis is a degenerative disease, which involves the wear and tear of the articular cartilages, which worsens until the bone remains on its own without protection. In our fur babies, we speak more frequently of arthritis, although the two problems often occur together. It can happen, for example, that long-term inflammation turns into a degeneration of the joint. Both problems can also occur simultaneously, so in most cases, arthrosis is simply called osteoarthritis.

The Symptoms of Arthritis
To understand if our fur baby suffers from arthritis we have to check some aspects, such as:

  • Limping
  • Walk staggering
  • The pace is rigid and difficult
  • Does not feel like walking, running and playing
  • Refuses to go up and down stairs
  • Cannot get on and off the bed alone
  • Gets up with difficulty after sleeping
  • The joints appear swollen and warm
  • Is isolated and does not want to be touched by us or other animals
  • Your fur baby becomes aggressive when you touch certain areas
  • Your cat may have trouble entering the litter box or covering eliminations
  • Your cat may not want to play with its toys and becomes sedentary

The symptoms of arthritis vary from one type to another. Joint pain and stiffness are the two most common. Other common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Swelling in your joints
  • Redness of the skin around affected joints
  • Reduced range of motion in affected joints
The Symptoms of Arthrosis
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Tenderness around affected joints
  • Reduced flexibility in affected joints
  • Bone-to-bone grating or rubbing
  • Bone spurs, or small bits of extra bone growth that may develop around affected joints

Dr. DeForge works closely with the pet owner to identify how many therapy sessions are to be scheduled based on the response of the anima to LLLT. If the arthritis is more advanced, then more sessions would be needed. Many times LLLT is combined with safe analgesics to accelerate the healing process and to remove pain.

Dr. DeForge is using LLLT-Photobiomodulation to treat:

Back pain
Hip dysplasia

Degenerative joint disease in geriatric patients

Cruciate ligaments
Chronic otitis
To accelerate healing in poorly healing wounds post-trauma
Tendon weakness/strains/sprains
Elbow arthrosis
Post oral surgery for pain relief and accelerated healing
Facts of Importance

The physiological effects of Veterinary Low Level Laser Therapy can be summarized as follows:

  • Increases ATP production
  • Biostimulation – improved metabolism, increase of cell metabolism
  • Increases speed, quality, and tensile strength of tissue repair
  • Improved blood circulation and vasodilation, and as a result increases blood supply
  • Analgesic effect, relieving acute/chronic pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
  • Stimulation of wound healing, promotes faster wound healing/clot formation
  • Helps generate new and healthy cells, as well as tissue
  • Increases collagen production
  • Increases macrophage activity
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Alters nerve conduction velocity and as a result stimulates nerve function

How do I get started?

Contact Dr. DeForge for an outpatient Physical Therapy and Rehab appointment with a complete Pain Evaluation Examination. He will let you know what testing is needed prior to being scheduled for LLLT. Estimates are provided at that visit.

LLLT is a non-invasive and low-cost alternative treatment for many conditions in dogs and cats. Many times oral medicines can be discontinued when LLLT is initiated.

The combination of medicines, weight control, controlled exercise, and LLLT can be a game-changer in restoring your pet’s quality of life. Don’t wait—schedule your appointment with Dr. DeForge today.