What Is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy stimulates a complex set of physiological reactions at the cellular level that helps to reduce swelling, reduce pain, and accelerate tissue healing. It has been found to assist patients by healing faster and more efficiently. It can be used for most soft tissue injuries.
How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?
Low Level Laser supplies energy to the body in the form of photons of light, which penetrates deep into the skin. Low Level laser stimulates a complex set of physiological reactions at the cellular level that helps to reduce swelling, reduce pain, and accelerate tissue healing by supplying vital oxygen and energy to the cell. This in turn stimulates the cell to heal faster and more efficiently. Low Level Laser Therapy has been found to assist many patients with faster, more efficient healing and can be used for most soft tissue injuries.
What type of Conditions Does Low Level Laser Therapy Effectively Treat?
According to published medical reports, many acute and chronic conditions may be improved or eliminated with laser use.
These conditions include:
- General joint pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Low Back Pain
- Leg Pain
- Neck Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Heel Spurs
- Plantar Fascitis
- Nerve pain/Neuralgia
- Post Operative Pain
- Knee and Knee Cap Pain
- TMJ Pain/Dysfunction
- Repetitive Stress
- Acute Injuries
- Nerve Root Pain
- Trigger Points
- Wound Healing
These are just a few conditions that are commonly treated using Low Level Laser Therapy. This is a very exciting technology that can help many people stop suffering from pain that they endure on a daily basis.
What Can I Expect During A Low Level Laser Therapy Treatment Session?
For most people, Low Level Laser Therapy is not intimidating. There are no pulsating shocks or heat felt as are with other forms of therapy. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes in contact with the skin. Some patients (3-5% of those undergoing Low Level Laser Therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in the nerve or along the nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling or warmth. The treatment may last from 2-20 minutes (depending on the condition). Following (and even during) a Low Level Laser Therapy session, approximately 75-80% of the patients being treated can notice immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the condition and the length of time the condition has been present. In general, (like with most conditions), the longer you have had a condition and/or the more severe it is, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated can take anywhere from 4-18 treatments. If the condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before the patient begins to see results.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Low Level Laser Therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 25 years, with no reported long-term or irreversible effects. This is another great opportunity for patients to stop their pain without the damaging side effects of drugs and surgery.
What Can I Expect At An Appointment?
First, a thorough examination will be performed to identify or confirm the condition. This examination would consist of an in-depth history, orthopedic, neurologic and physical tests. Once we have properly determined the condition, we will then recommend a treatment plan based on the findings and severity of your condition. This treatment plan may involve other treatments offered in our office (chiropractic, decompression therapy, acupuncture, massage), as well as home care recommendations to assist your body in healing faster.
Does My Insurance Cover Low Level Laser Therapy?
Every insurance company varies in their coverage. We are a full-service office and will file your claims for you. We are happy to cooperate with you and your insurance company in order to help you receive the maximum benefits under your policy. If Low Level Laser Therapy is not a covered benefit, we have very affordable options.