Archie suddenly lost the use of his back legs & began to wheelbarrow on his front legs
Watch how Archie responded to therapy for his painful condition known as IVDD (intervertebral disc disease)
A dog’s spine, much like ours, is an amazing work of natural engineering! Every movement is dependent upon the structural alignment & strength of the spinal cord & the vertebrae & discs that protect it.
Each vertebra in your dog’s spine is separated from the next by an intervertebral disc. Every time your dog runs, jumps, or plays, these fluid-filled discs act as shock absorbers by helping to displace the weight load on the spine.
IVDD occurs when a disc in your dog’s spine is ruptured or herniated, leaking its contents & causing severe inflammation & pain for your best friend. When this happens, the disc is no longer able to act as a shock absorber or help with the weight load put on the spine. IVDD has serious side effects & the symptoms differ depending on where along the spine the problem disc is located.
The most common cause of IVDD is conformation & age, Over time, the discs in your dogs back lose their flexibility, making them more susceptible to injury. Severe injury is another common cause of intervertebral disc disease.
Therapy for Archie’s IVDD included:
1. Steroidal Medication
2. Muscle Relaxant Medication
3. Class 4 Laser Therapy
What is this magical CLASS 4 LASER THERAPY you ask ?
It’s DRUG FREE, HAS NO SIDE EFFECTS, & FEELS GREAT !
It’s an FDA cleared therapeutic treatment that manages pain & inflammation while accelerating tissue regeneration.
Laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, & nutrients to damaged areas.
This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness, & pain.
Laser therapy in our practice provides an effective & safe treatment option for our patients to heal quickly, recover fully, & reduce pain effectively.