The effect of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on wound healing in horses

Equine Vet J. 1999 May;31(3):228-31. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.1999.tb03177.x.


Laser therapy is used in many countries, including South Africa, for the treatment of skin wounds. Low level galium aluminium arsenide (GaAlAs) laser was administered to full thickness skin wounds (3 x 3 cm) induced surgically on the dorsal aspect of the metacarpophalangeal joints of 6 crossbred horses in a randomised, blind, controlled study. Treated wounds that received a daily laser dosage of 2 J/cm2 were compared with nontreated control wounds on the opposite leg. There were no wound complications. Both groups of wounds were cleaned daily using tap water. Wound contraction and epithelialisation were evaluated using photoplanimetry. There were no significant differences in wound contraction or epithelialisation between the laser treated and the control wounds. It was therefore concluded that laser therapy had no clinically significant effect on second intention wound healing in this study.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Forelimb
  • Horses / injuries*
  • Horses / physiology
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Skin / injuries*
  • Wound Healing / radiation effects*
  • Wounds and Injuries / radiotherapy
  • Wounds and Injuries / veterinary