Rehabilitation & Fitness

The Crestview Rehabilitation and Fitness Center was born from the desire to give our patients a healthier, happier life! Whether your pet is recovering from a surgical procedure, getting older in age, or maybe a little overweight, our rehabilitation and fitness center can help! Our certified rehabilitation staff can recommend a number of treatments including laser or manual therapies, conditioning exercises or our state-of-the-art low impact hydrotherapy. We’ll create a treatment plan designed for your pet’s specific needs.

Top Questions

What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.

Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?

Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

Are there any side effects or associated risks?

During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.

How often should a patient receive laser therapy?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.

How many laser therapy treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt from laser therapy?

Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

What to Expect

There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to your pet. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit.

For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24
hours after a laser treatment.

If your pet could benefit from improved conditioning, balance, agility and stamina, we can help! Our Rehabilitation & Fitness Center is conveniently located adjacent to Crestview Animal Hospital near downtown Cumming.

Tina Johnson, LVT, CCRP

Veterinary Technician

Animal Care

Get more information on your next visit or make an appointment by calling us at 770-889-1833, or send us an email