Laser Pain Therapy
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy, or "photobiomodulation", is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects included improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970's. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
We use the K-Laser ® in our office. It is a Class IV laser which is more powerful than many of the lower watt lasers on the market which are not as effective as a Class IV laser. There are many studies that show the healing properties and effectiveness of Class 4 laser therapy.
Laser Therapeutic Effects
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates and optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one 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 Long Does Treatment Take?
The typical treatment is 3-9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Numerous Studies show that Laser Therapy can help the following conditions:
- Tendinopathies • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Myofascial Trigger Points
- Tennis Elbow • Ligament Sprains • Muscle Strains
- Repetative Stress Injuries •Chondromalacia Patellae • Plantar Fascitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis • Osteoarthritis • Shoulder/back/knee pain
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles) • Post-traumatic Injury • Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Fibromyalgia • Diabetic Neuropathy • Venous Ulcers
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers • Burns • Deep Edema/ Congestion
- Sports Injuries • Auto & Work Related Injuries