Pain Management

Intra-Articular (IA) Therapy
Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
Animal Chiropractic
Conventional Pain Medications
Companion Laser Therapy
  • Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practiced for over 5000 years
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine theory holds that Qi (vital energy) flows throughout the body along energetic channels called meridians. Each meridian is also associated with a specific internal organ that reflects the physiological and pathological conditions of that organ. The meridians connect the exterior of the body with the interior.
  • Acupuncture points are located along these meridians, and when stimulated can relieve pain and restore normal body functions. Acupuncture points have specific locations and effects and have been documented over millennia. From a Western perspective, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate a variety of sensory nerves in the body that transmit the signal through the nervous system to the brain, which then releases various chemicals that produce multiple physiologic effects that activate the body’s homeostatic regulatory mechanisms.
Intra-Articular (IA) Therapy
  • IA injections involve injecting a solution directly into the joints to relieve pain and promote regeneration of the joint.
  • Solutions used include but are not limited to: hyaluronic acid, homeopathics (Zeel, Traumeel), Adequan and 2% procaine.

Botanical (Herbal) Medicine
  • Chinese herbs can be used to treat most conditions recognized by conventional medicine and those for which no diagnosis can be made. They can be used alone or combined with other therapies for an enhanced effect. Often a Chinese herbal and a conventional prescription will be used together.
  • Chinese herbs are especially helpful in the treatment of chronic diseases, and diseases of the geriatric animal. They can be used to relieve pain, help improve and restore organ function, as well as strengthen and support the immune system. Chinese herbal prescriptions are specific for the individual patient and are directed at the root cause of an illness to correct it, and are not given to control symptoms alone.
  • In general, botanical medicine prescriptions must be given for longer periods of time than pharmaceutical drugs, but the benefit lies in their natural ability to gradually return the body to a state of balance and health, without side effects. Clinical results from herbs can be seen in 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the formulation, full effect can take longer.
  • Herbal medications come in a variety of formulations: pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, topical tinctures, washes or pastes, and concentrated herbal extracts in powder or granule form. The formulation used depends on the type of condition treated and the species of animal.
Animal Chiropractic
  • Animal chiropractic is a medical therapy that is used to maintain the health and normal functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. It follows the same principles and practice as chiropractic medicine in human medicine.
  • In general, chiropractic treatments or adjustments correct subluxations. A subluxation is defined as a partial dislocation of the joints where the articular surfaces are still in contact with each other, but are misaligned. Subluxations commonly occur in the spine secondary to acute injury, over exercise and chronic orthopedic disease, but can affect other joints as well. Subluxations can cause poor performance, stiffness, pain, decreased flexibility and function of the muscles and nerves.
  • A chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation is a specific high velocity controlled thrust on the specific joint that is being manipulated to correct subluxations or misalignment of the spinal column to relieve pain and restore normal range of motion and neurologic function to the area being treated. Chiropractic medicine is designed to stimulate a natural healing response and return the body to homeostasis as quickly as possible without harmful side effect.
  • Chiropractic adjustments can treat neck pain, back pain, sacroiliac pain, and tail pain that occur secondary to hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis, disc prolapse, cruciate ligament tears, cancer, and others.
  • Early chiropractic treatment can prevent the development of more serious musculoskeletal conditions in the future.
Conventional Pain Medications
  • The IVC works closely with your primary care veterinarian to provide the highest quality health care for your pet
  • We provide all commonly used conventional pain medications to include but not limited to: tramadol, gabapentin, steroids, NSAIDs (metacam, rimadyl, deramaxx), buprenorphine and torbugesic
  • Herbal medications for pain and other conditions are often safely and effectively combined with conventional pain medications
Companion Laser Therapy

Benefits of laser therapy:

  • Pain relief
  • Accelerated wound healing
  • Improved circulation
  • Stimulate of trigger and acupuncture points
  • Reduced scar tissue formation
  • Improved nerve function
  • Immune regulation

How does it work?

  • The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.

What can I expect at home?

  • You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home. For some it might be increased activity and others may be more relaxed. This depends on the individual animals, their age and condition of the animal and any other conditions the animal may have.

For more information on Laser Therapy please visit Litecure Companion Lasers.

Electro Acupuncture
Dog and Horse
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Tuina – Chinese Medical Massage
Gold Wire Implantation

Prolotherapy, also known as nonsurgical ligament reconstruction, is a injection based medical treatment for chronic pain and weak tendons and ligaments. “Prolo” is short for proliferation, because the treatment relieves pain and causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new tendon and ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak or damaged.

  • A proliferant (collagen producing solution) is injected into the affected ligaments or tendons causing a localized inflammation that “turns on” the body’s natural healing system and directly stimulates the growth of new collagen to strengthen damaged and weak ligament and tendon tissue. As the tendons and ligaments grow stronger and more capable of supporting and maintaining normal joint stability, the pain is alleviated.
  • Over time, tissue strengthening, remodeling and contraction of new collagen deposition occur that tightens the soft tissues injected which results in reduction of joint laxity.
  • In general, the minimum time between prolotherapy treatments is 4-6 weeks with this time frame being modified depending on the individual case. Anti-inflammatory medications or treatments are contraindicated during treatment as prolotherapy relies on producing local inflammation to produce its beneficial effects.
  • Prolotherapy is helpful for many different types of chronic musculoskeletal pain including: chronic osteoarthritis, intervertebral disk disease, chronic back and neck pain, degenerative joint disease, strengthen weak tendon and ligaments and repair torn joint ligaments, particularly the cranial cruciate ligament.
  • Not all animals are candidates for prolotherapy. Each case is evaluated on an individual case by case basis, and an examination is required to determine if prolotherapy is an appropriate therapy for your pet.
  • For more information on Prolotherapy please download our pdf here.
Tuina – Chinese Medical Massage
  • Tuina, also known as An-mo, is one of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a manual therapy that is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses Chinese medical theory as the basis for its application and actions.
  • Tuina can be thought of as a combination of massage, acupressure chiropractic.
  • Tuina is thought to help promote and restore the normal circulation of energy and Blood through the channels of the body to restore balance and allow the body to heal. The smooth and proper flow of energy and Blood is necessary for strong immunity and normal function of the internal organs and musculoskeletal system.
  • The most common use of tuina in veterinary medicine is in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Tuina is well suited for strengthening weak, chronically ill, geriatric and pediatric animals. Tuina is especially useful for the treatment of animals that will not allow acupuncture needles to be placed.
  • IVC can formulate a treatment plan to teach you how to perform specific tuina techniques at home so you can actively participate in your pet’s therapy and recovery.
  • For more information on Tuina Techniques for home download our pdf here.
Gold Wire Implantation
  • Long-term stimulation of acupuncture points can be achieved by surgically implanting gold wire
  • In general, this procedure is reserved for pets with severe pain from osteoarthritis and or for animals with conditions or diseases for which conventional medicine and all other methods of treatment have failed.
  • Gold Wire can be used to treat:
    • osteoarthritis (hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative joint disease)
    • neck and back pain
    • epilepsy/seizures
    • gingivitis-stomatitis in cats
  • Despite the fact that the beneficial effects or mechanism of action of gold wire implantation is not known (similar to procedures or medications used in conventional medicine, notably chemotherapeutic agents) their use has proven to be life saving in many cases where all other methods of treatment have failed.
  • There have been no significant adverse effects reported from their use in veterinary medicine.
  • For more information on research with gold wires and canine hip dysplasia click here .
  • Leeches are one of the oldest medical treatments recorded. They are used to relieve pain and restore circulation to areas of the body where circulation is impaired or blocked.
  • Medical leeches (Hirudo medicinalis) belong to the family of ring worms that has a head, tail and a suction cup. Leeches have 3 jaws with approximately 100 small teeth per jaw that they use to cut the skin to create a small wound so they can extract blood from the patient. An adult leech can ingest 15 to 40 mls of blood, at which point he becomes full and engorged in appearance.
  • Treatments take approximately 20 minutes and the number of treatments depends on the condition being treated. Typically 3 treatments are necessary for arthritis cases.
  • Leeches are effective even when they have finished feeding and are no longer attached and have fallen off. Not only does the leech help to relieve stagnation of blood as it feeds, but it also promotes continuous decongestion in the hours following the application.
  • One of the most common conditions treated with leeches in veterinary medicine is osteoarthritis. Leech therapy treats arthritis pain by relieving the blockage of blood in the joints so the dog can more easily flex and extend the affected joint. Other conditions that can be treated include ear hematoma, tendonitis, snake bite vasculitis, chemical induced vasculitis and non-healing wounds, laminitis in horses, polycythemia vera, and more.
  • Medicinal leeches are purchased through approved pharmacies and are a recognized legal medical treatment.