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Laser therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, can be used to help reduce pain and inflammation related to a number of common equine conditions, including arthritis. In order to achieve optimal treatment results, however, proper dosing is key.

For chronic and often widespread conditions such as arthritis, the total dose will be greater than it would be for superficial or highly localised injuries. To deliver a greater dose in a reasonable amount of time, a higher-powered laser (something capable of going up to at least 15 watts) is ideal.

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Since laser therapy is non-invasive, and delivered at the surface of the skin, a higher-powered laser is also important for maximizing the amount of therapeutic energy that reaches the target tissue deep within the body. The more energy you deliver on-contact at the skin’s surface, the greater the amount that will be delivered at depth.

Laser therapy can also be used in combination with other treatment methods and modalities, or as a stand-alone. In one equine case study, laser therapy was administered after intra-articular injections of steroid + Hyaluronic Acid, systemic NSAID’s and chiropractic, and joint support supplement in feed all failed to create a noticeable improvement. After a series of laser therapy treatments, the horse (who had previously been scheduled for euthanasia) made a dramatic recovery and continued to live for several years.

To learn more about the type of therapy laser equipment used in the case above, visit www.pegasustherapy.com and ensure you come to see us at the upcoming Equine Arthritis event.