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Case Study: The RLT VET™

The RLT VET™ system is the most recent advance in veterinary laser technology. It is used for non-invasive repair of ligament and tendon injuries and the reduction of scar tissue within and around soft tissues.

The RLT VET™ system uses a pulsed, high-intensity laser that safely delivers energy to soft tissues as well as to structures within the hoof capsule. Because of its 5cm depth of penetration, structures that were previously inaccessible are now treatable with the RLT VET™.

Depending on the nature of the injury, laser treatments are applied as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with other regenerative therapies such as intra-lesional injections of PRP or stem cells. Biologically, the laser increases local blood supply and enhances cellular metabolic activity, thereby enhancing the healing process.

Miller & Associates has offered this revolutionary treatment option to its clients since the fall of 2013 and has seen tremendous results. Below are just a few of the success stories:

Inferior Check Ligament Injury

2001 Warmblood Mare, Jumper

Core lesion to RF ICL 4/25/13. Initially treated with intra-lesional PRP. In July of 2013 the ICL was treated with a K laser series. RLT VET™ series was started 10/4/13, at which point the ICL still had considerable sonographic abnormalities 5+ months post injury. (See Figure I)

Ultrasound showed considerable improvement at 1 month after starting RLT VET™ treatment on 10/7/13 and horse started trot work under saddle early January 2014. Horse returned to full work in April of 2014 and was showing and winning in May of 2014. (See Figure II)

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Suspensory Branch Injury

2002 KWPN Gelding, Grand Prix Jumper

Core lesion of RF medial suspensory branch 3/30/14. Initially treated with shockwave therapy. (See Figure I)

RLT VET™ series started 4/14/14. Horse started trot work under saddle early May 2014. Horse returned to full flatwork mid June 2014. Horse returned to showing in September 2014 and was second in a 1.40m class in November 2014. (See Figure II)

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Other Tendon Injury

2003 Warmblood Gelding, Equitation Horse

Injured LF medial lobe of deep digital flexor tendon mid pastern on 6/5/13. Initially treated with intralesional and intrathecal PRP. (See Figure I)

Started RLT VET™ series 10/3/13. Started trotting on the lunge mid October of 2013. Back in full work including jumping January 2014. (See Figure II)

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