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Understanding How Cold Laser Works

Often, people with acute or chronic pain (low back pain, a sore knee, or persistent neck stiffness) will quickly turn to over-the-counter pain medicine for relief.  However, the FDA recently issued strict warnings regarding the misuse and overdosing of over-the-counter pain medications due to severe complications such as stomach ulcers, hearing disorders and liver failure. In addition, there is a growing concern among physicians regarding the side effects associated with prescription pain medication.

So how can low-level laser therapy help?  Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), or cold laser, is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug free modality that is used for a variety of conditions such as acute and chronic pain, post-operative pain, shoulder pain, etc.

Housed within the mitochondria, the cell energy manufacturer, are receptors capable of absorbing distinct parameters of light.  Think of these receptors like any drug receptor.  When we consume a medication, the compound is absorbed by the body and it locates a particular receptor, based upon its molecular design, and will bind to that receptor.  Once the drug binds, a secondary reaction inside the cell takes place.  

A similar mechanism is observed when exposing the body to a particular color of light.  During a laser treatment, the light will penetrate the skin and is absorbed by this receptor within the mitochondria.  Receptor stimulation with light promotes energy production, biochemical reactions, protein and growth factor synthesis, cell growth and proliferation and enhancement of blood and oxygen flow.

   The result – more rapid healing and relief – nothing heals faster.  What this means to you is that in just a short time you could be pain free and able to resume the activities you enjoy.  

Splints

On each side of the cannon bone is a long narrow bone known as the splint bone. There are two main conditions which affect the splint bones: The term “splints” commonly refers to an inflammatory condition and a calcium lump on the bone, while the term “broken splint bone” refers to a fracture of the splint bone and a calcium lump where it is trying to heal. When lameness in this area occurs, the above conditions may be confused.

An injury to the horse causing a splint may be the result of direct trauma, such as a kick, or a concussion resulting from jumping, running or working.

Veterinarians use many different methods to treat “splints”, but most would agree that the horse should be rested and placed on soft ground for at least 30 days.

The outlook is good for most horses except those in which the bony growth is large and interferes with the knee joint or the suspensory ligament. Sometimes surgery may be helpful in these difficult condition.

Fractures of the splint bones must be differentiated from the inflammatory condition known as “splints”. Fractures of the splint bones can occur anywhere along their length, but are most commonly located at the lower third. Heat, pain and swelling will occur over the fracture site. The more acute the fracture, the more severe the swelling.

When a horse is recovering from an injury, massage will help keep surrounding muscles from taking on an excessive load. Keep muscles supple and loose will help the recovery process and keep the tightening in the injured area from being passed to the next group of muscles.

 

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