On the 19th June 2018 we held our very first meeting of minds to establish an independent viewpoint on Laser Therapy. The meeting brought together leading specialists from human and animal healthcare with the aim of producing an outline guide and position document to support the role of Laser Therapy in wound management in animals.
Georgie Hollis, founder of the Vet Wound Library set up this first consensus meeting based on a growing awareness and reliance on Laser and Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation) in Veterinary practice. This is a contentious area where tremendous benefits are claimed against various levels of evidence. Different systems can vary greatly depending on the power, wavelength and duration of use. Assumptions and extrapolations made based on variable standards of evidence can promise anything from accelerated healing, nerve regeneration and cure of cancer and its time we shed some light on what is fact and what is wishful thinking.
This independent review aims to outline the basics while offering an appraisal of the available evidence for the use of Photobiomodulation in wound management and related conditions. We hope to offer some clarity on mode of action and limitations as well as setting some simple guidelines for safe and effective use based on the science available.
The full consensus process will take around 3 months to complete and will involve collaboration across industry and healthcare to ensure the fairest process possible.
To ensure complete independence we have not taken any commercial funding or sponsorship to produce this review.
We do however, welcome information from any provider of a product within this category and will ensure a right to reply to those covered in our review prior to publication.
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