How is Artemis™ different from other laser therapy devices currently available for veterinary use?
There is only minimally superficial similarities between Artemis™ and previous therapeutic lasers. Previous lasers were diode lasers and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). Artemis™ is by far the most advanced High Intensity Laser Therapy device in the world.
Artemis™ works at 1064 nanometers and is very poorly absorbed by melanin and hemoglobin which means little conversion into heat; resulting in vastly deeper penetration (likely greater than 10cm) with minimal burn risk. This wavelength of light has a harmonic effect on organic molecules which means it has a photo-mechanical effect.
Artemis™ has a peak power of up to 70,000 Watts. This means more penetration and greater efficacy. Artemis™ can be adjusted separately for peak power and power per pulse, meaning; the wave form can be manipulated to match the needs of the individual case. Heat can be added as needed or avoided altogether.
Artemis™ can cause tissue remodeling and regeneration to normal tissue without scarring. Artemis™ is 3-6 times better for pain management than diode lasers or ultrasound therapy. Artemis™ has no damaging side effects like shock wave.
How does Artemis™ work at the cellular level?
Photomechanically. Artemis™ shakes the Carbon-Carbon Bonds. In doing so we can stop inflammation, open the lymphatic system and promote immune system activity and blood flow.
For cells rendered inert from inflammation, we can mimic the effect of receiving outside signals through pathways that are blocked due to inflammatory effects, shaking the cytoskeleton and ‘tricking’ the cell into turning back on.
When would Artemis™ be preferred over other biological treatments like stem cell and PRP?
Always over stem cells. Artemis™ is synergistic with PRP. PRP can cause inflammation in joints that Artemis™ can mitigate and provide additional growth stimuls. Artemis™ is much better in chronic lesions than PRP.
How long does the analgesic property last after a treatment session?
Analgesia is thought of as a covering of pain. Artemis™ removes inflammation that causes pain (Histamines binding to nerves causing hyperalgesia). Therefore the pain removal lasts as long as the inflammation is kept at bay. This varies case by case depending on the cause of inflammation, dependent on removal of the cause, and activity of the patient.
When used for chronic inflammatory type problems, how long after treatment is it recommended that the animal be conservative in its work as to not do damage because of feeling no pain and possible over stressing a fragile tissue?
This is a case by case answer. It is essential to understand what is wrong with the patient. If pain was from bruising from kicking a wall, the patient will not re injure. If the pain is from a necrosing tendon attachment, the patient is at great risk of injury due to over-activity. In the latter case we must use NRT™ and when we know the patient has experienced healing it must go through a normal rehab protocol.
What are the dangers of class IV laser treatments?
The Class of lasers is a regulatory matter that means kill switches and certain goggles are required and somebody must be designated as a laser safety officer. It has nothing to do with the actual danger of treatments but more with the engineered power with regulations designed primarily around industrial uses. You must be careful not to deliver too much energy in too short of a time in too small of an area, especially in highly pigmented patients or you may see thermal damage to skin. You may also reference ou blog post on laser safety here.