Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include 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.
How It Works: Laser Therapy De-Mystified
Is There Proof of its Effectiveness?
Absolutely, there are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
Numerous studies show that Laser Therapy can help with:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strains
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Chondromalacia Patellae
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Back & Knee Pain
- Post-Traumatic Injury
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Venous Ulcers
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Deep edema/Congestion
- Sports Injuries
- Auto & Work Injuries
- and more.
The Benefits of Class lV Laser Therapy
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an 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.
Laser Therapy is proven to bio stimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing, and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. When it comes to pain management, Class lV Laser Therapy provides dramatic results, is non-addictive, and virtually free of side effects.
The K-Laser was the first to employ dual-infrared wavelengths simultaneously of 790nm and 970nm. These dual wavelengths are more efficient, healing the tissue while also aiding in pain relief.
Combining the K-Laser’s Dual Frequencies of Continuous Wave and Modulation assures that each treatment you receive will be from the most advanced Class lV Laser Therapy technology.
Laser Therapy 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 20 years of use by health care 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 each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
- Are there any safety risks associated with Class IV Laser Therapy?
The Class IV high powered K-Laser is extremely safe provided it is applied by a K-Laser certified, properly trained professional. However, it is not used over the eyes due to the sensitivity of the retina; therefore, all patients wear protective safety glasses during the treatment.
- How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week, or once every other week, with improvement.
- How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
- How long before results are felt?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes, you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean the nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 to 4 sessions.
- Can K-Laser Therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes. K-Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatments.
Is Laser Therapy Right For Me?
As one of South Carolina’s most trusted healthcare centers, Back2Health Physical Medicine has helped countless patients regain their health and well being using only comprehensive, medically proven therapies.
Our non-surgical, drug-free medical treatments are a welcome alternative for patients who want more than the temporary, piece-meal relief conventional medical treatments often provide. If you want to experience real physical recovery without the risks that come with surgery and pharmaceuticals, we can help.