Understanding Muscle Atrophy: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

Muscle atrophy refers to the gradual weakening or degeneration of an animal’s muscle tissues that primarily affects hind limbs. Most often caused by advancing age and insufficient physical activity, general practitioners and rehab specialists can leverage modalities such as laser therapy to improve muscle strength and mobility. 

In this free webinar, Ana Cantu, DVM, CCRP, Dipl. will explore muscle atrophy management. Dr. Cantu will cover preventive strategies, how to decide when treatment is required, and the effective use of physical techniques to address this issue. She will also share laser therapy protocols designed to improve quality of life in these patients. 

Key Talking Points:

  • Defining muscle atrophy and its stages
  • Importance of prevention and early intervention in improving quality of life
  • Implementing modalities to improve outcomes, including laser therapy
October 24, 2023

Mastering Pain Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Target, Treat, and Track Both Simple and Complex Pain

Hidden pet pain has been commonly referred to as the ‘secret pandemic.’ Pain is expected and usually recognized in older animals, but often goes undiagnosed in younger animals. Why do we miss pain in younger patients? The signs are often mistaken for behavioral issues, but if we dig deeper, pain often plays a role.

In this free webinar, Debbie (Gross) Torraca, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, CCMT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus will share how to develop a complete, non-invasive pain management diagnostic and treatment system for patients of all ages. Dr. Torraca will discuss how to combine thermal screenings, diagnostic imaging, and laser therapy to identify potential problem areas, hone in on a firm diagnosis, deliver targeted treatments, and objectively track treatment progress.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of pain and proactively recognize it in your patients
  • Learn how to screen for and monitor pain with thermal imaging
  • Hands-on techniques for proactively identifying pain
  • Learn how to manage pain using photobiomodulation and other modalities
  • Explore at-home pain treatment programs for long-lasting relief
September 19, 2023

Investing in Care: Maximizing Your Veterinary Practice's Potential with New Equipment and Services

The competitive landscape of veterinary practice has changed dramatically over the last decade. There are more practices, increased specialization of services, and challenges attracting and retaining staff. Veterinarians can no longer depend on price increases to drive growth. It is time to think outside the box and make your practice more competitive by providing services clients are searching for with new technology.

In this webinar, Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR explores options for expanding your services, including finding a niche that will set your practice apart. She will review the business planning process, how to perform a cost analysis, tips for pricing development, team training, and marketing tactics needed to implement new services.

Key Talking Points Include:

  • How to add services to sustain practice growth
  • Analyzing current service options, assessing the competition, and capitalizing on capabilities and passions
  • Equipment considerations to support the hospital's strategic plan
  • Non-tangible assets such as emotional ownership and team member retention

Photoceuticals 101: Using Light as Medicine

Therapeutic lasers are a well-established modality, but many veterinary professionals do not yet fully understand the underlying science. In this free webinar, Shauna Cantwell, DVM, MVSc, Diplomate ACVAA, CVA, CVSMT, explores the concept of photoceuticals and how to use light as medicine to address acute inflammation, treat chronic pain, improve range of motion, and more.

Whether you are new to laser therapy or just need a quick refresher, Dr. Cantwell explains the fundamentals of this modality to help you optimize patient outcomes. Additionally, she will share tips and tricks from her real-world clinical cases.

Key talking points include:

  • Defining photoceuticals: light as medicine
  • Mechanisms of action: wavelengths, dose, frequency and more
  • Review of real-world clinical cases

Advancements in the Treatment of Degenerative Myelopathy

Cornell University defines degenerative myelopathy (DM) as “a disease that affects the spinal cord in dogs, causing progressive muscle weakness and loss of coordination.” Common in breeds like German shepherds, boxers, Bernese mountain dogs and others, this debilitating disease currently has no cure. New treatment options are available, however, to help manage effects and improve quality of life.

In this webinar, Dr. Debbie (Gross) Torraca examines the multimodal management of DM, including laser therapy, core strengthening, therapeutic exercise, functional activities, and ongoing assessment using quality of life measures. Focusing on recent advancements in laser therapy, Dr. Torraca also shares new treatment protocols designed to prolong function in dogs with DM.

  • Review of degenerative myelopathy: causes, symptoms, and current treatment options
  • How to incorporate multiple modalities for optimal outcomes
  • New laser therapy protocols to help prolong the quality of life of dogs with DM

The Role of Power in Photoceutical Devices: When to Reach for a Class 4 Laser

When is the right time to use a high-powered class 4 laser device? Whether you are new to class 4 laser technology or a seasoned professional, this webinar shares clinical insight for achieving better patient outcomes. Iker Asteinza, DVM, MSc, Dipl. reviews the concept of a “photoceutical” and shares which device parameters will optimize dose and outcomes based on your patient's needs.

This webinar focuses on the specifications and applications of class 4 laser photoceuticals in a complete laser therapy approach to care. Class 4 laser technology is not new, but our understanding of its place in a laser-based approach to care has evolved.

Dr. Asteinza discusses practical considerations when adding high-powered laser therapy into your existing photoceutical protocols:

  • High intensity laser therapy: what is new, and where should we use it?
  • Why would we use a different photoceutical at each stage of care to produce better outcomes?
  • Recommended clinical application for each type of photoceutical device
  • Advances and advantages of implementing high intensity laser technology

Enhancing Quality of Life by Combining Laser Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Physiotherapy has come to the forefront as a critical service in veterinary practice. Did you know that photoceuticals can play a key role in veterinary physical therapy?

In this presentation, Ana Cantu, DVM, CCRP, Dipl., examines ways to approach patients with physical limitations and discuss the multimodal treatments she leverages when developing a physical therapy plan of care. She reviews several clinical cases to illustrate real-world applications of the tools available, and how to implement them into your practice.

Key Talking Points
-Statistics about Physiotherapy in veterinary medicine
-Different modalities available to veterinarians and pet owners
-Benefits of multimodal treatments in our patients
-Uses of photoceuticals beyond the post-surgical applications
-Clinical cases and the 3 stages of rehabilitation programs


Innovative Proactive Care for Senior Pets: Medical Thermal Imaging and Photoceutical Use in the Geriatric Dog

As pets age their owners often misinterpret the day-to-day signs of chronic age-related pain. What pet owners do notice is their pet(s) slowing down and this is often attributed to a normal process of aging. Encouraging pet owners to visit their veterinarian’s office is the first step in offering proactive care and encouraging their involvement with home care.

Tune in to hear Curtis W. Dewey DVM, MS, CTCVMP, CCRP, DACVIM (Neurology), DACVS, present the use of medical thermal imaging to screen and visually communicate the unspoken pain of many aging pets. The clinic to home approach to photoceutical care can provide a long-term solution for pain in senior pets.

Key Takeaways:
-What is medical thermal imaging and can we screen for pain in geriatric pets?
-Tips for capturing high quality images and how to read them.
-The basics of photoceutical (laser) therapy, mechanisms of action, how to prescribe and deliver treatment, based on the symptoms of your geriatric patient.
-Advantages of combining thermal imaging and photoceutical care for aging pets.


The Value of Thermal Mitigation in Photobiomodulation

Over the years, laser therapy has offered tremendous clinical value based on the ability to deliver therapeutic doses of light to tissue at clinically relevant depths. In the past, it was challenging to deliver high doses of light with high power laser therapy systems while mitigating the thermal effect on tissue--until now.

Multi Radiance Veterinary has made some new breakthroughs in protocol development and delivery techniques that allow delivery of appropriate energy to target tissue while minimizing thermal effect.

Join Douglas Johnson, ATC, Multi Radiance Senior Vice President of Clinical and Scientific Affairs and Debbie (Gross) Torraca, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, CCMT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus as they discuss the science and clinical impact of non thermal photobiomodulation on clinical practice.

Key Talking Points
-Techniques to enhance the “light utility” of the tissue
-Learn how to achieve the optimal balance of light penetration and thermal mitigation
-Discover how to identify a calculated prescription of combined wavelengths and power densities to maximize outcomes
-Get the supportive research behind thermal mitigation
-Hear real-world experiences that bring the concepts of research into the practical applications in the clinic


Laser Therapy to the Rescue for Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

Entanglement of sea turtles in fishing gear is a global problem that impacts all species. One of the most frequent causes of morbidity due to fishing gear interaction is front flipper entanglement. Fishing line entanglement causes deep lacerations and strangulation of the affected flipper, leading to significant distal swelling, ischemic necrosis, bone fracture and self-amputation.

Vascularization of the limb distal to the strangulation injury has been shown to be a key prognostic indicator for potential viability of the flipper. This work led to the development of a conservative approach of rehabilitation therapy to treat affected flippers at the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute (MOCMI).

In this webinar, you’ll learn how the MOCMI team uses laser therapy to speed up the healing process, promote tissue regeneration, and relieve pain and inflammation in Hawaiian green sea turtles affected by flipper entanglement. Join Gregg A. Levine, Paul J. McCurdy, Thomas J. Cutt, Chanel Browne, and Summer L. Martin as they detail the laser therapy and blue light protocols used as part of a multi-modal plan of care, then host a live Q&A panel.

Key Talking Points:

-Learn about the MOCMI sea turtle stranding response & rehabilitation program
-Data about sea turtle strandings on Maui
-Multi-modal treatment protocols for injured sea turtles
-The role of laser therapy in rehabilitation protocols
-Review of case studies, before and after images, and patient results


Expanding Access to Veterinary Care: Laser Therapy At Home for Pets

Are you exploring ways to improve outcomes and streamline workflow in 2023? Who isn’t! Join Dr. Iker Asteinza, DVM, MSc, Dipl, Founder of Animal Home Veterinary Hospital in Mexico, as he discusses how to use a hybrid in-clinic and at-home laser therapy treatment model to drive pet owner satisfaction, improve clinical outcomes, and free up clinic time.

Many veterinarians are turning to hybrid models of care to ease the burden of staff shortages and to give pet owners the opportunity to participate in their pet’s plan of care. Dr. Asteinza shares techniques for discussing at-home care, clinical applications, and tips to streamline your workflow.

Key Talking Points:
-Practice Trends
-The State of Staff Shortages
-The Pet and Owner Bond
-Talking to Clients About Laser Therapy
-The Role of Laser Therapy
-Applications of Laser Therapy
-Expanding Laser to Home Treatments for Workflow, Outcomes, and Strengthening the Animal/Human Bond


Practice Proactive Wellness for Consistently Better Patient Outcomes

The demographics of veterinary clients have changed drastically over the last few years. Clients are more informed and more willing to spend money on their pets' wellbeing. They view their pets as their starter children and demand excellent veterinary care. To give these clients what they want, clinics need to embrace a wellness-based approach that proactively identifies problems earlier to promote better overall long-term health.

In this webinar, Ronald J. Riegel, DVM, explains how to develop a proactive wellness program of care that uses thermal imaging and take-home laser therapy to give today's clients a clear, visual understanding of their pets' health and a way for them to be directly involved in their treatment. Dr. Riegel shares best practices for using each modality and strategies for leveraging their complementary relationship to keep patients healthy and clients happy.

Learning Objectives:
1. Evaluate the role of therapeutic infrared thermography in daily practice
2. Identify and define mechanisms of action, and applications for photobiomodulation
3. Describe the synergy of infrared thermal imaging and the use of photoceutical devices in the continuum of care for Proactive Wellness in Veterinary Practice

Note: CE credits are not available for on-demand webinars.


Introducing FibroLux: The First FDA-Cleared Therapeutic Laser for Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a condition that causes widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. People with FMS may be more sensitive to pain. FMS affects about 4 million US adults who suffer from this long-misunderstood condition. Little relief is offered with lasting results and the medications prescribed have unpleasant side effects and poor outcomes.

There is light at the end of the tunnel for FMS sufferers. Through a photoceutical approach to care, Laser Therapy U's Platinum Sponsor Multi Radiance Medical is announcing the new patent pending FibroLux therapeutic laser device.

The FibroLux represents a breakthrough in pain management options, offering patients a non-pharmacological, non-invasive, and side effect-free treatment for FMS that is now cleared by the FDA and is indicated for adjunctive use in the temporary relief of pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Join Christopher Carraway, DC, DIBCN, CLS; Timothy Demchak, ATC, PhD, Indiana State University; and Douglas Johnson, ATC, Senior Vice President of Clinical Scientific Affairs with Multi Radiance Medical, as they discuss this exciting modality and treatment.


From Wounded to Winning: A Westminster Athlete's Road to Recovery and Victory

When Louie arrived at the Wizard of Paws Clinic, he was not show-ready. Nine-year-old Louie had suffered fractures to his ulna on May 2nd and was actively preparing for the Westminster Kennel Club show on June 24th.

In this webinar, Debbie (Gross) Torraca, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, CCMT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Emeritus explains how Louie’s multi-modal plan of care prepared him to place in a few short weeks. You’ll learn how to emulate Louie’s plan of care for patients you see every day in general practice.

Key learning objectives:

  • Appropriate wound healing protocols for superficial and deep conditions
  • How to design a treatment program for your patients based on their goals
  • The optimal photobiomodulation settings and protocols for tissue and wound healing
  • Utilization of photobiomodulation to heal fractures
  • The role of take-home photobiomodulation treatment in Louie’s turn-around
  • Ways to translate Louie’s success into everyday practice

Improving Client Compliance with Take-Home Laser Therapy

As pet ownership continues to rise and pet owner demographics evolve, more owners want a more active role in their pets' plan of care. Everyday demands of work, school, and life make it difficult for owners to frequently visit the clinic for treatment which negatively impacts pet outcomes, and clinic revenue.

In this webinar, Dr. Gaynor explores how to implement a take-home laser rental model into your veterinary practice to drive client compliance with recommended treatments. He discusses how prescribing at-home treatment and setting up re-check appointments improves pet owner satisfaction, and clinical results for patients.

He reviews how to charge for take-home laser therapy, the process of administering treatment at home, and the business model of using these programs to create passive income.


A Case-Based Approach to Expanded Laser Therapy Applications: From Clinic to Home

[1 CE Webinar] During this live webinar we will explore the various ways clinics can expand the use of laser therapy beyond just pain management. Laser therapy can and should be used for wound healing, tissue regeneration, inflammation, and more.

We’ll discuss the evolution of laser therapy, and how practices can increase the benefits by allowing owners to perform LT at home. The future of laser therapy in veterinary medicine is exciting!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the stressors involved in keeping a practice running during a pandemic
  • Develop a better understanding of laser therapy and the continuum of care
  • Differentiate between the biological effects of different wavelengths
  • Understand expanding the use of therapeutic laser beyond pain to fill the gap in rehabilitation

Watch the replay of this webinar on VetFolio (Subscription to VetFolio required to view).


Photoceuticals: A Light Introduction

[1 CE Webinar] What's a Photoceutical? In this presentation Dr. Brunke explores the laser therapy Continuum of Care and describes how the mechanism of action of photobiomodulation is translated into practical applications in veterinary practice through a photoceutical approach to care.

From acute injury to tissue healing and long-term care, Dr. Brunke explains how to optimize laser therapy doses to provide clinical benefits at each stage of care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will gain an understanding of how photobiomodulation works and how it translates into a Photoceutical approach to care.
  • Attendees will learn about the 3 stages in the continuum of care, the clinical goals of each stage, and how to optimize laser therapy dosing to achieve outcomes at each stage of care.
  • Attendees will learn how to use both in-clinic and pet owner take-home therapies to maximize patient outcomes.

A New Approach to the Laser Therapy Continuum of Care: From Hospital to Home

You have different clinical goals at every stage of care. Advancements in laser therapy have led to a new approach to veterinary care: photoceuticals. Like pharmaceuticals, photoceuticals are prescribed doses of light, optimized to achieve a predictable response and superior outcomes. Using the right photoceutical tool at each stage of care allows you to meet your clinical goals throughout a complete plan of care.

In this webinar, Dr. James S. Gaynor will break down the science of photoceuticals and the practical applications of light in the veterinary practice. You will learn how to use different in-clinic and at-home photoceutical tools during every stage in the continuum of care, from relieving acute pain to healing tissue and maintaining relief in the long term.

Key objectives:

1. Defining photoceuticals and how they are used in each stage of care

2. How to choose the right laser therapy tool based on clinical goals and patient symptoms

3. What conditions can be treated with photoceuticals with real-world case examples


New Surgical Trends and Technologies Assist with Improved Rehabilitation Outcomes

[1 CE Webinar] Dr. Asteinza, specialist with companion animals and their musculoskeletal issues for recovery, rehabilitation, and the neurological issues that accompany post-operative cases, has gained a thorough understanding of this new trends’ mechanism of action. He will discuss both published studies and successful clinical outcomes gained by the implementation of this modality in veterinary practice.

Dr. Asteinza will review issues and treatment measures taken for optimal musculoskeletal health and lameness diagnosis/management with companion animals. He will review successful protocols used in this application to enable best possible clinical results.

Watch the replay of this webinar on VetFolio (Subscription to VetFolio required to view).


Making the Case for Expanding Use of Laser Therapy — The Latest Research and ISELP Members' Case Reviews

Multi Radiance's J. Mark Strong is joined by a panel of experts to discuss using super pulsed laser therapy in veterinary and equine medicine.
Topics include:
  • How photobiomodulation works
  • Laser safety and use at FEI events
  • Cases: acupuncture, post-op pain management, inflammation, corneal ulcers, suspensory ligaments, chronic neuropathy, and more
  • Laser therapy and regenerative medicine
  • And much more

New Veterinary Strategies for the Pandemic and Beyond

Join us for a live discussion with James S. Gaynor, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DAIPM, on how to implement the functions and capabilities of telemedicine in your veterinary practice.

Dr. Gaynor and Multi Radiance’s J. Mark Strong will explore how veterinarians can bridge the care gap with at-home laser therapy to provide more efficient pain relief for pets and enhance practice profitability. Live Q&A session to follow.


Veterinary - At Home Laser Therapy: Bridging the Pet Care and Revenue Gap Caused by Social Distancing

In this time of social distancing, pets and pet owners may not be able to make it to the veterinary clinic for routine care. Multi Radiance can bridge this Pet Care and Revenue Gap with vet-prescribed home laser devices for effective pain management, inflammation control, wound healing, and treatment for 300+ common conditions. At-home, easy to use, pet owner-administered laser therapy under your supervision, could be the answer for care continuity during these times and beyond.

Join Multi Radiance’s J. Mark Strong and Dr. Youkey (Yukiko Kuwahara, DVM, DRIC, CVA) as they discuss:

  • Ways to bridge the care gap caused by mandated social distancing
  • New ways to manage pet pain, with at-home laser therapy
  • Ways to generate passive revenue for your practice now and in the future using rental lasers
  • Coping with fewer clinic visits during social distancing
  • Disinfecting your clinic and rental lasers

Medical - At Home Laser Therapy: Bridging the Care and Revenue Gap caused by Social Distancing

In this time of social distancing, patients are being separated from their caregivers and medical providers for routine care. Multi Radiance can bridge this Care Gap with prescribed home laser devices for effective chronic pain management.  At-home, easy to use, patient administered laser therapy under your supervision, could be the answer for care continuity during these times, and beyond.

 Join Douglas Johnson, VP of Clinical and Scientific Affairs for Multi Radiance Medical as he discusses:

  • Ways to bridge the care gap caused by mandated social distancing
  • New ways to manage pain in chronic patients, with at-home laser therapy
  • Ways to generate passive revenue for your practice now and in the future, with rental lasers
  • Coping with fewer clinic visits during social distancing
  • Disinfecting your clinic and rental lasers
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