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Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine


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About the Editors xi List of Contributors xiii Foreword xv Preface xvii Disclaimer xix Part I The History of Laser Therapy 1 1 The History of Laser Therapy 3 Ronald J. Riegel Part II The Theory and Science of Laser Therapy 7 2 Fundamental Information 9 Ronald J. Riegel and John C. Godbold, Jr. 3 Laser Physics in Veterinary Medicine 19 Bryan J. Stephens 4 Therapy Laser Safety 29 Kenneth E. Bartels 5 Basic Principles of Photobiomodulation and Its Effects at the Cellular, Tissue, and System Levels 36 Juanita J. Anders, Ann Kobiela Ketz, and Xingjia Wu Part III Practical Applications of Laser Therapy 53 6 General Principles of Laser Therapy 55 Jeffrey J. Smith 7 Contraindications, Special Considerations, and Precautions 67 John C. Godbold, Jr. and Ronald J. Riegel Part IV Clinical Applications of Laser Therapy in Companion Animals 75 8 Laser Therapy and Pain Management 77 Jennifer F. Johnson 9 Intra- and Postoperative Laser Therapy 88 Steven Buijs and John C. Godbold, Jr. 10 Wounds 100 David S. Bradley 11 Dermatological and Non-musculoskeletal Soft-Tissue Conditions 114 Daniel M. Core and John C. Godbold, Jr. 12 Snake Bites 128 Barbara R. Gores 13 Musculoskeletal Disorders and Osteoarthritis 132 Lisa A. Miller 14 Upper and Lower Respiratory Conditions 150 Ray A. Arza 15 Oral Conditions 161 Ray A. Arza 16 Abdominal Conditions 169 Richard L. Godine 17 Neurological Conditions 179 Richard L. Godine 18 Laser Therapy for the Geriatric Patient 188 Erin O'Leary 19 Feline-Specific Conditions 198 Jennifer O. Lavallee and James Olson Part V Clinical Applications of Laser Therapy in Canine Sports Medicine 213 20 Laser Therapy for the Canine Athlete 215 Debra Canapp 21 Discipline-Specific Canine Sports Medicine Applications 227 Deborah M. Gross Part VI Clinical Applications of Laser Therapy in Companion Animal Rehabilitation 239 22 Laser Therapy and Multimodal Postoperative Rehabilitation 241 Jeffrey J. Smith 23 Laser Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation 252 Matthew W. Brunke 24 Laser Therapy and Multimodal Performance Maintenance 267 Deborah M. Gross 25 Laser Therapy and Geriatric Rehabilitation 277 Dianne Adjan Logan Part VII Clinical Applications of Laser Therapy in Exotic Animals 285 26 Laser Therapy for Exotic Small Mammals 287 Joerg Mayer and Robert D. Ness 27 Laser Therapy for Birds 298 Robert D. Ness and Joerg Mayer 28 Laser Therapy for Reptiles 306 Joerg Mayer and Robert D. Ness 29 Laser Therapy for Aquatic Species 313 Donald W. Stremme 30 Zoological Applications of Laser Therapy 320 Liza Dadone and Tara Harrison Part VIII Clinical Applications of Laser Therapy in Equine Practice 335 31 Fundamentals of Equine Laser Therapy 337 Ronald J. Riegel 32 Administering Laser Therapy to the Equine Patient 344 Ronald J. Riegel 33 Laserpuncture for the Equine Patient 369 Ronald J. Riegel 34 Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Equine Wounds 375 Ronald J. Riegel 35 Laser Therapy and Equine Performance Maintenance 390 Sean Redman 36 Laser Therapy and Multimodal Equine Rehabilitation 401 Brenda McDuffee 37 High-Intensity Laser Therapy for the Equine Patient 415 Damiano Fortuna Part IX Clinical Applications of Laser Therapy in Food Animal Practice 423 38 Laser Therapy in Food-Animal Practice 425 Julie Gard Part X Laser Therapy and Alternative and Regenerative Therapies 431 39 Laser Therapy and Acupuncture 433 Carolina Medina 40 Laser Therapy in Veterinary Regenerative Medicine 439 Debra Canapp Part XI Integrating Laser Therapy into Veterinary Medicine 449 41 Successful Implementation and Marketing of Laser Therapy 451 Diane J. Miller 42 The Role of Veterinary Technicians and Nurses in Laser Therapy 461 Renaud Houyoux and Laura Kortelainen 43 Return on Investment for a Therapy Laser 471 David J. Fenoglio Index 478

About the Author

The editors Ronald J. Riegel, DVM, is the Co-founder of the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications in Marysville, Ohio, USA. John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM, is the Founder of Stonehaven Veterinary Consulting in Jackson, Tennessee, USA.


'The editors and chapter authors have done an excellent job of collating from various sources a significant amount of material on the clinical application of photomodulation therapy. The photos of the topical application of the laser unit should prove helpful to practitioners who wish to know exactly how and where to apply laser therapy in veterinary patients... This book is an excellent start for practitioners and students to learn about the variety of applications of the concepts of photobiomodulation' - Doody's, November 2017 "This book is well researched, written, and organized and easy to understand .Overall, this is an excellent and much-needed addition to the veterinary literature. Photobiomodulation is a well-researched and documented photochemical effect that deserves a place in veterinary practice. This book will provide readers with a good understanding of how and why light can be therapeutic." JAVMA, January 2018

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